New Homeowners

Congratulations! You’ve just purchased a new home. This is one of the biggest decisions you’ve ever made and likely the biggest investment. More than likely you were required by the lender to get an inspection on the home before they approved the buy. That’s because the lender does not want to take a risk of lending on a home that has termite or water damage.
Making sure your home is safe from termite and other pests shouldn’t stop here. This is only the beginning of the homeownership journey. Below we have some tips new homeowners can follow to protect their investment for years to come. Who knows, your home may be the next one on the menu.

Deep Clean & Keep It That Way

Face it, no one actually enjoys cleaning the house. Yet, it is a lot easier to keep it clean if you do a little bit every day. Remember, don’t leave food or drink sitting out on counters, bedside tables, or even in the living room. Don’t let dirty dishes sit on the counter or in the sink waiting for the next person to come along and wash them. All sorts of pests would love to find that pizza box left on the counter while everyone is in bed.

Seal It Up

Even if your home is newly constructed, you would benefit from sealing up around doors, windows, and entry points for utilities. Kitchens and bathrooms are places you should spend a little extra time working on this. There are lots of pipes and ducts going through the base of cabinets and through floors. Seal them up from both sides really well. Remember, 90% of our calls are for problems in one of these rooms

Monitor Moisture Levels

High moisture levels are bad for homes for multiple reasons. 

  1. High moisture promotes mold.
  2. Wood with high moisture levels is very appealing to termites and other wood-destroying insects. 
  3. Standing water in a crawlspace will attract all kinds of pests including, cockroaches, ants, earwigs, crickets, rodents, and more. 

If you observe a moisture issue get help early. You could save yourself thousands of dollars in treatment and repair costs. Remember prevention is always cheaper than repair. 

Keep Outdoors Maintained

Keep grass cut short to prevent harborage areas for pests. Keep vegetation at least 18 inches from the structure to eliminate bridges for pests to get over treated areas. Don’t overwater flower beds and keep mulch pulled away from the foundation of the house. Termites, cockroaches, ants, and other insects love mulch beds. Clean gutters routinely to prevent leaf debris buildup. This is a favorite nesting area for ants and wood cockroaches.  

Team Up With A Trusted Pest Professional

While following the tips above is a great way to help prevent pest issues in your new home, it doesn’t guarantee against possible infestations or damages that can result from them. If you want peace of mind knowing your home is protected from pests and the damage they can cause, then we recommend contacting a trusted, local, pest control company in your area. At a minimum, we suggest setting up a Free Inspection to see if you have any current problems and to get quotes for guaranteed treatments, especially in the case of termites. 

If you live in the Upstate or Midlands of South Carolina you don’t have to look far. Walker Pest Management has been serving the pest control needs of South Carolina homeowners for over 20 years. Call today for you FREE Termite Inspection & Quote. We look forward to caring for your home and your family. 

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