Homes might isolate you from nature, but at times, they can let nature in. Pest infiltrations allow in creepy-crawlies like rodents, termites, flies other vermin. You don’t want to have the inconvenience of dealing with home pests. At times its downright dirty work. But, it’s part of being a concerned homeowner.
Tips to Reduce Pest Infiltration Risks
Think about some of the dangers that pests pose to your home. They might feed off woodwork, piping and insulation. They might lay eggs or leave behind waste. They could leave your home damaged if you don’t watch out.
Some steps you might consider taking to prevent pest damage are:
- Placing disposable traps throughout the home. These might include mouse and squirrel traps, fly catchers and even sound repellents. Often, you can find humane traps to help you catch, but not harm, home invaders.
- Keeping sprays and poison available. For example, poisoned feeding pellets might help keep the rodent population down, while insect spray can help kill certain airborne invaders.
- Ensure that you have proper seals in the home. Make sure your doors and windows do not allow easy access for certain pests. If you notice entryways in your home, such as cracks in the foundation or roof anchors, seal them.
- Call a pest control service to spray around your home. Usually, the service will visit your home quarterly to spray for hazardous pets.
- Make sure your home is clean and sanitary. Dispose of waste that might attract pests outside of the home. Keeping a home clean often offers less feeding sources for other pests.
- If you have pets, keep up with their flea and tick treatments. Wash your pets when they need baths, as this can help keep the pet from bringing certain pests home with them.
- Sources of humidity or moisture might be a breeding ground for certain pests. Ventilate your home and clean up standing water, leaks or water damage pertinently.
- Have annual termite inspections. Termite and other pest damage might begin without your knowledge. Usually it isn’t easily visible. By allowing a professional to look around, you might catch, treat and fix pest damage early.
Unfortunately, homeowners policies will usually exclude pest damage from coverage. This is because homeowners insurance usually only covers sudden, unpreventable or unavoidable accidents. Pest damage almost never fits any of those qualifications. That’s why it’s so important that you take steps to prevent pest damage at all costs. For more information on what your policy might or might not cover, you can call one of our agents at 214-257-9171.
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