Pests Can Decrease the Value of Your Property

A-1 Bonded Termite is here to make sure pests do not decrease the values of your property. Like most homeowners, you likely spend a lot of time and effort maintaining your home throughout the year. Keeping your home in its top condition can be hard work, but proper maintenance can help keep the value of your home at its peak throughout the years.

In this article, we will talk about ways to keep your home’s value at its peak by avoiding pests that can damage your home. Below, you will see areas of your home that these pests can harm, as well as ways to prevent these intruders.

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7 Ways Pests Can Decrease the Value of Your Property

1. Wood Damage

Wooden structures like decks are a costly addition to the exterior of your home and add value. Decks and patios that are attached to your home can be a target for insects that enjoy nesting in lumber. Wood-Boring insects that can be found infesting your deck are; Carpenter Ants, Carpenter Bees, and Termites. To avoid these pests, make sure to cover up any raw wood with a sealant or finish. You can also purchase pre-treated lumber that is designed to repel insects on your property.

2. Damage To Electrical Wiring and Appliances

Wiring electricity throughout your home can be a pricey endeavor, which is why it is a necessity to protect wires and cables from pests. Wiring throughout your house can be susceptible to pests in the rodent family. According to a study by professional fire investigators, about 20% of electrical fires are caused by rodents chewing on wires throughout the home1.

The best way to prevent electrical damage from rodents is to block off access for these critters to enter your home. Block entryways by sealing cracks around foundation, sealing lines into the house,  and replacing open vents with pest-preventative vents.

3. Pest Ruin The Inside of Walls

Most homes have wooden framework throughout to retain structural integrity. Like other parts of the home, your walls are a target for specific pests such as mice, termites, and carpenter ants. To retain value on your walls, seal up any cracks, gaps, or small entry points. Otherwise, mice or other wood-boring insects can enter your home and cause severe structural damage.

4. Chimney Damage

A fireplace can bring a sense of coziness and warmth to your home, which can add value to your property. Although fireplaces can add a touch of comfort to your home, chimneys are an additional access point into your home for pests and rodents.
To ensure you don’t have any pests entering through your chimney, make sure to close the flue and seal off any cracks.

5. Pests Can Destroy Foundations

Cracks and gaps in your foundation can disrupt the structural integrity of your home. These gaps and cracks are also focal points for pests such as carpenter ants and termites. Both termites and carpenter ants can cause severe damage to your home’s foundation and structure. It is recommended to have your cracks or gaps sealed to avoid any infestations.

6. Ventilation Systems Become Pests Expressways

HVAC systems and other vents or tubes are an essential part of your house. To ensure you do not have any pests entering into your ventilation, make sure to apply covers over dryer vents, and make sure to seal off any openings around remaining ventilation systems.

7. Wood-Boring Insects Can Damage Valuable Plant Life

A home located near a wooded area, or one that has a few trees on their property, is susceptible to a wood-boring insect infestation. Insects, such as carpenter ants and termites, are drawn to woodpiles and trees because they naturally tend to nest in these areas. To prevent infestations, discard old wood on your property, keep woodpiles away from your home, and treat any valuable flora with pest preventatives.

An infestation needs to be completed with proper pest control (learn more about pest control.) Regular inspections by A-1 Bonded Termite will make sure those intrusive pests do not decrease the values of your property.

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Sources:
1 http://www.nyfireinvestigator.com/articles/preventing-rodent-electrical-fires
HOW TO PREVENT RODENT ELECTRICAL FIRES
Author: Gordon Ivory Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI), Certified Fire Investigator Instructor (CFII)