Don’t be embarrassed. Many areas all over the country have pest problems, but it is true that some are worse than others. This is the most problematic when you are talking about a rental property, because pest issues could cause you to lose a reliable tenant or make it hard to find a suitable tenant in general.
Some of the most common pest problems include ants and termites. Termites can really damage your home’s structural integrity and they need to be dealt with immediately. This usually means tenting the home and replacing any structural components that have been compromised. This can be very costly. It is important that a home inspector looks for sign of termite damage before you buy a home to ensure you aren’t purchasing a money pit.
Ants can be equally as destructive but in a different way, and they are much more of a nuisance. Ants live in subterranean colonies that can become massive. Normally, this isn’t a problem, especially when they colonize in the middle of a field, but if they begin colonizing against the foundation of your home it can compromise the stability of the surrounding land. If a colony were to grow large enough, you could even see sinkage. Above all else, ants get inside. They crawl everywhere looking for food and they can seem impossible to stop. A professional pest controller will be able to deal with your ant problems and give you an idea of just how large the colony is and whereabouts its located on your property.
Pests come in all shapes and sizes, and don’t just include insects. Pests can be raccoons, squirrels, skunks and even coyotes. Regardless of what the pest is, you need to deal with the situation as soon as it arises to protect your home, the people in it and the investment you’ve made.