How Pests Today Hurt Your Home Tomorrow
Let’s face it, when it comes to your home, it can be difficult to remember all the ins and outs that accompany home ownership. Between paying the bills, mowing the lawn, doing “daily” household chores, it’s no surprise dealing with pests is something most homeowners put on the back burner until it’s too late leaving you at a higher risk of a problem.
It Can Be Hard To Check The Right Places
You’ve probably looked about and found your share spiders, silverfish, centipedes, ants, etc. crawling about your home, appearing seemingly from nowhere. After getting rid of the them like you normally do, how often do you take a minute to consider where they’re coming from? Probably never like most people and yet it’s a crucial part to truly ridding yourself of whatever pesky pest you’re dealing with at home for good.
While dealing with pests is generally inevitable, reducing their numbers and desire to stick around and populate is pretty darn easy to do through general maintenance (and even easier using MasterGuard’s pest services).
General maintenance any homeowner can do includes ensuring your countertops are clean of spills, crumbs and any other remnants of foods or liquids; this goes for your floors, tables, desks and even the carpet. It also goes doubly for anyone with children! Even the smallest crumb brought back by an ant will signal more ants to come check out if there is more food. Don’t forget to clean under your appliances as well. You’d be surprised at just how much accumulates under a refrigerator or oven!
Similarly, anywhere standing liquids exist, even if relatively small puddles, can attract and act as a breeding ground for pests of all sorts that need moisture to thrive. If you live in a particularly humid area, or have certain rooms in your house that tend to be more humid, investing in dehumidifiers may be worth considering as pests love humid environments. A low cost alternative include hanging dehumidifiers which also act as a great visual for just how much moisture is in the air in your home.
How Pests Hurt Your Home
It can be easy to underestimate the severity of a pest problem without thorough checking. Ants, cockroaches, silverfish, centipedes, spiders and a ton of other pests often live behind walls, under floors or above the ceiling, generally remaining unseen. When you finally do see them, it’s only when one or two of them come out into the open, usually dying along baseboards or window sills, but never indicating how bad the problem really is.
Serious problems require tearing down entire walls, pulling up floorboards and even tenting entire houses to fumigate the problem, all costing infinitely more than keeping up with routine pest prevention methods.
Depending on the pest, some household items may need to be thrown out or destroyed, decking replaced, siding replaced, etc. all diminishing the total market value of your home. Pests literally do billions of dollars in damages worldwide every year, so do your part to avoid becoming part of that statistic.
Coming Back From A Pest Problem
Just as important as finding and removing a pest problem is preventing one from showing up again in the future. You should get to know where the problem areas are as well as where problem areas could crop up in your home and carefully watch those areas for any signs of pest traffic. If you’re using our services, don’t hesitate to give your local branch or service rep a call and we’ll send someone over ASAP to inspect and cover your home again as needed till the job is done.
Pests can come from almost anywhere, but they can easily be stopped by recognizing a potential problem before it turns into a full blown infestation. We understand that being on the lookout all the time can be difficult which is why we offer year round protection. We’ll cover you from nearly any pest problem each and every month and if a problem arises between
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