Regardless of the season, your home is constantly at risk of pest infestation. We’re long past the summer months where bugs and insects run rampant in your home. But, in winter, there is a greater risk of rodents, as they will break into your home in search of food and shelter. Not only is it a dealbreaker when buying or selling a home due to sanitation concerns, but pest infestation is harmful to your home’s architecture, as well.
Effects of Infestation on Your Home
There are a number of structural elements that can be damaged by pests in your home – damages that are not covered by insurance – which is why a pest inspection is so important when buying or selling a home.
According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause over $5 billion in property damage annually. Worse, subterranean termites eat round-the-clock, allowing them to cause extensive damage to your walls, floors, and even foundation at a rapid pace.
Rats and mice don’t only contaminate your home; they can damage insulation and electrical wiring when building nests, decreasing energy efficiency and increasing the risk of fire. Similarly, when trying to break indoors, squirrels will chew holes in soffits and siding.
Silverfish have an appetite for wallpaper, cardboard, and insulation. Since insulation is one of the elements home inspectors examine, it is important to hire an exterminator if there are any signs of a silverfish infestation.
Ants – specifically carpenter ants – tend to hollow out wood for nesting. They will also feed on softwood or rotting timbers, essentially causing the same structural damage as termites.
What Can Be Done to Prevent Infestation?
Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to protect your home from the damages incurred by pest infestation.
- Fill in cracks and holes in your walls, foundation, and vents.
- Seal food items in secure, airtight containers.
- Fix leaking pipes to prevent standing water, which will result in a failed inspection regardless.
- Clean and vacuum often to remove any food buildup.
Pest infestation is harmful to your home, and as they are typically elusive creatures, even if you can’t see the intruders, it doesn’t mean they aren’t present and causing extensive damage behind the scenes. That is why it is important you hire an experienced home inspector when buying or selling. The Homeinex Corporation is dedicated to accurately rating the structural integrity of your home, and we include a pest inspection as a part of every standard home inspection. For an in-depth inspection by experienced professionals, book an appointment today.