Pest Control Advice When Purchasing a New Home

One of the most exciting things is buying a home. To ensure the process goes smoothly, you should take some steps. Other than the cosmetic updates, you should account for problems that are not visible by the naked eye. One of such problems is pest infestation. That explains why a home inspection is quite important. For instance, termites can cause extensive damage to your property as they voraciously chew through flooring, wood, or wallpaper.

Although standard home inspection process assesses the condition of the physical structure from the foundation to the roof, pest control inspection focuses on detecting possible signs of pest infestation and whether there are conducive elements to infestations, such as crevices, moisture, and cracks. After the process is complete, the pest control professional will provide you with a report and recommend a course of action.

It is a good idea for homebuyers to be aware of situations that could attract pests to the home. When you tour the property, the following are some of the things to look out for:

Firewood

Most homeowners keep firewood stacked against their property. Unfortunately, this can attract termites towards the home and offer a point of entry. Instead, you should keep woodpiles and firewood at least 25 feet away from home and store your wood on raised platforms. Firewood can be a haven for termites and rodents.

Gutters

Some pests are attracted to clogged gutters because of moisture. In this case, you should divert rainwater away from the foundation to the downspout extenders. Also, you can install splash blocks that prevent water from attracting and pooling termites.

Stumps

Although it may appear to be quite easier to leave the tree stump in the yard, rotting wood can also serve as termite fuel. Also, it will result in termites getting into your home. It is advisable to hire a professional service to get rid of the excess wood from the property.

Mulch

In most instances, mulch is used against the foundation of the property. Moreover, it can serve as a source of moisture and food for termites. It is advisable to minimize the usage of wood and ensure it is at least 15 inches from the home’s foundation.

Branches

Tree leaves and limbs come in contact with the home’s exterior and roof to provide a pathway for pests to get into your home. Ensure all branches are trimmed, and they do not touch your home.