Top 4 Pests that Impact the Value of Your Home
This list should be required reading for every new homeowner. It's true! Pests can impact the value of your biggest asset.
1. Termites. Most homeowners’ insurance won’t cover termite damage or removal because termite infestations can be prevented through routine home maintenance, for which homeowners are responsible. It's important to check with your insurer to verify your coverage. Termite damage can be serious and termite control is not for amateurs as treatments are different for all species are not the same. Termites cause over $5 billion in property damage each year. That’s more than fires, floods, hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes combined. Seek a professional to identify the type of termite you are fighting and to use effective control to protect your home. So if you find termites in your home, call a termite expert like Vulcan Pest Control. Preventing a termite infestation with a termite monitoring system is much less costly than repairing damage to your home.
2. Powderpost Beetles Powderpost beetles may affect the sale-ability and price of your home and they are reportable on state wood destroying insect reports required for home loans in most states. Most lyctid beetle infestations occur in newer homes (1-5 years old) that have been built with infested wood. Removing infested wood is typically the most economical solution.
3. Carpenter ants Once a structure has been weakened, the force of high winds, or other outside stress can cause structural collapse. These small insects can do thousands of dollars of damage, usually in the $6,000.00 to $10,000.00 range. They are considered wood destroyers in most states and are reportable on real estate transactions.
4. Rats and mice. Virtually 1 out of every 5 undetermined fires in the United States annually is said to be caused by rodents. They chew on wiring, spill flammables, contaminate insulation and spread diseases. Statistics indicate that at least 30% of homeowners have had a rodent problem in their home. They are some of the unhealthiest and damaging pests around.
Contact Vulcan Pest Control to find out how we can assist you remove and prevent pests that can lower the value of your biggest asset today.