Neglect of properties is the number one cause of pest infestations in foreclosed and otherwise vacant homes.
Foreclosures and reduced housing can seem like a great deal, and most times, they are, but unnoticed bug pests issues can not only be a headache for homeowners, they could mean expensive repairs as well.
When looking at foreclosed or reduced property, homebuyers should be aware of possible pest infestations. These properties may remain uninhabited for long periods of time, when is an open invitation for pests, particularly if the previous owners were not proactive in pest control.
Since these properties are sold in an as-is state, which means if there is a pest problem, the pest problem is the new homeowner’s responsibility.
If the previous owners were not proactive in their termite treatment, the home could have a hidden infestation. Termites are attracted to the wood frames of a house.
Once termites have moved in, the longer the house remains untreated, the more damage they do. The best way to eradicate termites is through proper termite control and an annual termite service from a respected pest control company.
Bees and Wasps
Bees and wasps will move into any environment, but will generally avoid high traffic areas. If a house remains uninhabited for months, these stinging pests can move into the crevices of a house, like a fireplace, the eaves, and the attic.
If they are given enough time, they can take over an entire house. Honeybees can infest a home and become quite a danger, particularly when disturbed.
Even the smallest of sounds or vibrations can aggravate a hive, which could mean multiple stings for homeowners.
If the previous owner had animals in the house, there is a good chance that there are fleas. Without proper control, fleas left behind can multiply into the thousands. Once fleas have taken over, they can overwhelm a house within days.
If a house has been left alone for months, rainwater can collect, creating the perfect environment for a mosquito infestation.
While mosquitoes are not as dangerous as bees, wasps, and termites, they can be quite an annoyance. Generally, by removing the sitting water where the larvae mature, homeowners can reduce the mosquito infestation, but for greater infestations, pest control may be needed.
Much like bees and termites, rodents can step up homes in the structure of the house, if left alone.
Raccoons, rats, and squirrels like to nest in areas that are protected during the day before they come out at night to feed. An attic or walls of a house can be the perfect area to nest and spawn.
Once rodents have invaded, they will chew and destroy the wiring, structure, and insulation of the house, meaning more money spent on repairs.
What to Do If You Have an Infestation
Before moving into your new house, it is a good idea to have a reliable, respected pest control company to come out to inspect the house.
They can identify any problems that need to be addressed and help devise a proactive treatment plan to prevent future incidences.