I bet the last thing on your mind this time of year is critters. I’m not talking about fur-babies or the puppy you may have received over the holidays. I’m talking about the unwelcome guests to your home. Top on my list is roaches, uhhhm, water bugs, if you prefer. But, spiders, fleas, bed bugs and termites are also unwelcome. Roaches are what really bugs me.
Do you know that bed bugs can live up to a year without a meal? Termites cause over $5 billion in damages each year. An infestation of any pests can severely affect your health and pocket book.
But no matter what bugs you, pest can cause a serious health risk to you and your property. Perhaps, we are more observant in the spring and summer, but the battle is really a yearlong thing. Cockroaches, mosquitoes and rodents can carry disease affecting you and your family’s long term well-being. Termites can cause severe damage to your property before you are even aware of their presence.
Resident or Out of Town Owner
If you are lucky enough to live on the Outer Banks year round, you know that our winters tend to be moderate. It does not always get below freezing to kill off the pests. Pest have survived and adapted and look for ways to sneak into your home seeking food, water and a comfortable environment. Keeping pest at bay should be a year round process.
If you have a vacation rental home in the Outer Banks, it likely is empty much of the year. In the busy summer season, it gets a quick clean for a fast turn to the next set of guests. A guest may complain about pests and treatment may be provided. There is a lack of consistency and observation in this approach. It will be “hit & miss” and no long term approach or getting to the root cause to keep the bugs at bay.
I have only recently come to this conclusion. I recently hired a company to spray for fleas and water bugs. I had spent a fortune on DIY sprays from big box stores and saw, at best, temporary relief. Of course, I was careful in the application but concerned about the combination of products used. So, I finally called in an expert. The expert performed two treatments about 2 weeks apart and I saw a drastic improvement. What I found out later is I could get on an annual maintenance plan for about the same cost as my single call!
An annual protection plan costs between $300 to $500 per year. It should include at least quarterly visits to monitor the property and provide additional treatment, if needed. The annual plan provides early warning before any pest becomes a problem making treatment much more cost effective and reducing exposure to chemicals.
There are additional precautions you can take that will also protect your house. It goes without saying that cleaning and de-cluttering your home, including all cupboards, closets and storage spaces should be completed annually. Next, make sure to caulk and seal all holes, cracks and crevices of your foundation, windows and doors. This has energy efficiency benefits as well as blocking access from pests. Discard all paper bags and cardboard boxes. (I swear once the OBX banned plastic bags the pest problem began). Use tight sealing containers for food item storage. Fix any leaking pipes or plumbing to remove pests water source. Make sure firewood (or any wood) is stored away from the house. This includes mulch! Place mesh screens on foundation or attic vents to keep pests away.
Let Xpert Home Services evaluate your property and suggest a custom plan for your home and your lifestyle. Our proactive approach will keep you pest free. Call 252-226-9742 today to schedule an appointment.
Before you embark on your next home improvement project or maintenance project, speak to the Xperts or call 252-226-9742 to get the job done safely, professionally and at the best cost. After all, your home should reflect your style, your loves and your life and be authentically you; but that doesn’t mean you have to DIY.