Being a homeowner brings many challenges- among them, keeping out pests. Unfortunately, insects and rodents enjoy making their own nests inside your home as it offers warmth, comfort and food. Keeping your home pest free is important not only for cleanliness but also for safety. As there are many common pests that can cause severe damage to your home, you need to be aware of them and what they can do to your home. Keep reading to find out more about common pests and the damage that they can do.
Termites are commonly found in basements and attics, eating away at the wooden beams in your home. These pests can tunnel underground and through your walls, beams and any other wooden structure, causing the structure of your home to be significantly weakened. Unfortunately, this means that they can do a lot of damage without being detected immediately. If you have an older home, you should seriously consider having the home inspected at least once a year for termite damage.
Mice and rats love to squeeze their way into your home through any gaps that they can find. They will chew through almost anything to get inside. This means that they can chew through your walls, insulation, wiring and even plumbing. Of course, if they chew through these things, then repairs will be required. You may find evidence of rodents if you see chewed holes, piles of shredded papers used as nesting material or chewed up food wrappers.
Ants are commonly found in your home, looking for sweets to munch on. Fire ants, in particular, like to build their mounds outside of the house but will also come inside in search of warmth and food. These species of ants can cause damage to your garden and your yard, but they also are a threat to humans as they sting. If stung enough times, fire ants can kill you.
Furthermore, fire ants can also be attracted to electrical devices. If they decide to swarm around it, they can cause the machine to malfunction. Other species of ants are typically not as harmful as the fire ant; however, they can cause a lot of headaches if they invade your food pantry and cabinets. All of these pests are very troublesome to deal with alone. Call Venice Pest Control for solutions to your pest issues!