Foreclosed Homes and Pests

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Business Review, recently wrote an article on foreclosures getting worse in the Albany NY area. How do foreclosures lead to pest infestations? According to data recorded by real estate website Realtytrac.com, 1.8 million homes were foreclosed in 2012. Not only are foreclosed homes difficult on the homeowners and their family, but also the neighbors!

Foreclosed homes are an open invitation for pests including termites, spiders, ants, mosquitoes, stinging insects, wildlife and rodents. Foreclosed homes provide the necessary shelter, water and even food for pests to survive, thrive and multiply. This is all possible because the property is uncared for providing new, undistributed nesting locations. Pests simply enter through entry points and holes in the siding/foundation, ripped screens, broken windows, and uncapped chimneys along with many other ways. Once inside their shelter and food sources in other pests, crumbs, abandoned pantry/food items and decaying material. Water can be found from leaky pipes, toilet bowls and standing water.

Once these pests find their way into a foreclosed home, it is only a matter of time before the population grows and offspring venture out, seeking food and shelter in other homes. As a homeowner with a foreclosed home or empty home in your neighborhood, there are a few ways you can prevent pests from choosing your property.

  • Speak to a local, license pest professional and ask what pests your neighborhood is most at risk for.
  • Pest proof the exterior of your home sealing holes and gaps to prevent pests from getting inside. Fix broken windows, doors and screens, too! Remember mice only need a dime size entry point to move inside – don’t let a mouse in the house.
  • Cut trees and shrubs away from the home.
  • Eliminate sources of water to help prevent pests like mosquitoes.
  • Make sure outdoor garbage cans have a tight seal.
  • Keep your lawn manicured; this will help reduce tick populations.
  • Regularly clean and vacuum floors on the interior so pests have no food source.
  • Keep food in tightly sealed containers in pantry.
  • Once pets are done eating, be sure to clean up after them. Do not leave an open buffet out for pests!

We do not wish a foreclosed home on anyone, but it foreclosed homes are affecting many in the Albany NY area. As these numbers climb the number of homes providing shelter to unwanted pests increases. It is always better to address a pest problem before it grows larger by contacting a local pest control company. Contact your Clifton Park NY exterminator today, for a free home evaluation!

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