PUBLISHED ON March 14th, 2011
If you’re like most people, buying a new home is a huge investment. It requires making sure everything is in good condition before you sign any papers. Some homeowners, however, forget one important aspect of the whole process: pest inspections.
This is an unfortunate oversight, as pest infestations can lower the value of your home and drive you crazy. Here are the three big reasons why getting a pest inspection from a local pest control company before you buy a home is a good idea.
Many home pests can wreak havoc on the price of your house. Nobody wants to live in a house that has a history of infestations, and if a house is infested before you buy it, the seller should hire a pest management professional to take of the problem, not you.
Not only can pests bring down the value of your home, but they can also bring down your home. Literally. Rodents, ants, cockroaches, termites and other boring pests can cause major structural damage to your house. For your family’s safety, you should get a pest inspection before you decide on anything.
Living with and trying to get rid of a pest infestation is enough to make anyone go crazy. Don’t put your sanity at risk by moving into a house before you know for sure that it is pest-free.
Ants are probably the most common household pest in America. They are small, quick, and there are a lot of them. An ant infestation may not seem like a big deal – they’re just ants, after all – but keep in mind that ants can and will increase their numbers exponentially at a very fast rate. Implementing a pest management system at the first sign of ants will help prevent a much larger infestation down the road.
The most important way to eliminate this pest control nuisance is to take out the nest, but a failed attempt can actually make the infestation worse. Here are three things you should know about pest control for ants
Identify first, treat later. The most important step in treating an ant infestation is identifying what type of ant you’re dealing with. There are many different species of ants, each with their own characteristics and nesting behaviors. Collect a sample and bring it to a pest control professional for identification.
Don’t disturb the nest. It’s also critical when dealing with ants that you don’t disturb or attempt to remove the nest until you’ve formulated a long-term plan of attack with the help of your pest control company. For many species of ants, if you disturb part of the nest but fail to kill the queen, the nest will actually spread and make the situation worse.
Be patient. Getting rid of an ant infestation takes time. Don’t expect instant results, and do avoid the urge to go to town with an over-the-counter pesticide spray. Applying chemicals not only puts your family’s health at risk, but it can undermine your attempts at long-term, effective ant control.