April is designated as Pest Management Month because spring is the time of year that pests begin to multiply. Even though the month is almost over, pests can continue to invade your home and rattle your sanity any time of year. And selling your house fast when it’s infested with pests is certainly difficult.
Pests such as termites, rodents and carpenter ants can cause costly damage to the structure of a home by chewing through walls, flooring and even electrical wiring. Termites and carpenter ants have the ability to chew through wood beams, walls, floors and even wallpaper. Ants are at the top of the list of nuisance pests in the U.S. and are among the most difficult to control.
Termites feed on the cellulose found in wood and paper products and cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year. Stay vigilant for swarmers (aka winged termites); they serve as a warning that a colony may have already established itself inside your home.
Rodents can spark house fires if they gnaw through electrical wiring or build nests close to heat sources. Rodents can be difficult to keep out of structures. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime and rats can fit through holes the size of a quarter. For proper rodent pest control, seal any cracks and spaces. Ensure there is proper drainage at the foundation of your house and always install gutters to channel water away from your home.
Other pests, including ticks, mosquitoes, cockroaches and stinging insects pose health threats to humans. Ticks can spread Lyme disease, while mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus. Cockroach allergens can trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. Stinging insects such as bees and hornets send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. These pests are especially active during the second half of summer and early fall when the colonies hunt for food that will sustain their queens during the winter.
If you come across a stinging insect nest on your property, or see evidence of pests or an infestation, it’s best to contact a pest professional right away. Not many things will scare away home buyers faster.
While spiders tend to elicit fear in many people, only a few pose a serious health threat. For example, both the brown recluse and black widow spiders can cause painful bites that are especially dangerous for children and the elderly. Many spiders eat other pests.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends homeowners follow these tips to prevent pest infestations. If you’re preparing your home for sale, you may have already taken care of some of these issues.
- Seal up cracks and small openings in windows, doorways and along the foundation of the house.
- Repair any leaky pipes or fixtures and eliminate sources of moisture or standing water. Many bugs are looking for a water source.
- Trim the trees and bushes near your house. Cut back any branches that are touching your house, as they can serve as a ‘walkway’ for bugs to enter.
- Clean your gutters.
- Remove the dead leaves, twigs and debris that build up in your yard over the winter. Bugs and insects love to make homes in there!
- Keep your kitchen clean by wiping counters and emptying the trash frequently. Make sure you remove any tempting food crumbs and keep food containers sealed at all times.
- Avoid leaving pets’ food dishes out for long periods of time.
- Keep indoor and outdoor garbage containers clean and sealed.
- Put screens on your windows and doors.
- Clean out cluttered garages, sheds and other storage areas where pests can hide.
Taking a few preventative measures can help stop an infestation before it begins. And it’s much easier to prevent a pest control problem than it is to stop one once it starts!
If you have a home that’s infested with pests and you’re interested in selling your house fast, call Express Homebuyers today at (877) 804-5252 for a fast and fair offer to buy your house “AS-IS”! Our experience means we’ve encountered pretty much EVERY situation you can imagine. Pest infestation, probate problems, foundation issues, mold issues, title issues, HOA and tax liens. You name it and we’ve seen it.
Along with that experience, we have the resources to move past those obstacles that would potentially derail a transaction with other buyers. What that all means to you is you won’t be frustrated and disappointed by weeks of waiting for a resolution to then find out the contract is dead.