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Avoid Pests: Five Major Damages
Pests can Cause to Your Home

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Coming home to a well-maintained home is like walking into peace of mind. Knowing your home is sturdy, sound and a safe place to live means paying attention to details which tend to occasionally be overlooked. If you've got pesky pests creeping and crawling around your home, this is for you. If you think you are in the clear of pesky pests, this one is also for you.

Taking precautions to eradicate burdensome and damaging pests in and around the home can actually save you thousands of dollars every year with the right information. Use these handy tips to insure your home is safe from destructive household pests:

Rodents Love to Chew
Regardless of location, rats, squirrels and mice are clever culprits of mass destruction. These creatures search for nesting materials, food and water in and around your home. Rodents in particular have sharp teeth used to chew through major wiring, solid wood, some composites and even some metals. If you live in a colder climate where you rely on heating and A/C like Utah, home electrical wiring is essential and you'll need to take steps to make sure it isn't damaged by pests. Take the time to check these vulnerable areas regularly for major damages:

1. Indoor/Outdoor wiring
2. Attics
3. Electrical outlets
4. Indoor/Outdoor pipes
5. Roofing and Screens

When Less Means More
Termites may be some of the tiniest and least unassuming pests; but the destruction hidden colonies may cause can be astronomically expensive. Termites are treacherous creatures with an insatiable appetite for your home in the least noticeable places. If you live in an area prone to termite infestations, you'll need to get your home inspected at least every couple of years. When it comes to termites, prevention is key. Watch for surrounding nests made of oil, mud, chewed wood/cellulose, saliva and feces, or remnants of sawdust material damage in these areas:

1. Wood pillars
2. Inside walls
3. Drywall
4. Wooden porches and fences

Carpenter Ants in Your Home-Sweet-Home
Infestations of Carpenter Ants weaken a home's structure due to their (satellite) nesting capacities. They prefer to take over the home instead of eating it for their next meals. Although they will not cause expensive home damages like the termites, they will continue to multiply and cause problems for homeowners. Their main attractions:

1. Damaged wood
2. Old Live Trees
3. Aphid-infested plants
4. Wood piles
5. Water damaged areas

Yard and Lawn
Larger intruders like the mole and smaller pests like grub worms are pretty penny spenders when it comes to a well maintained lawn. These guys will gobble up your grass root systems and nutrients by tunneling underneath where they cannot be seen until major damage is done. Avoid these sneaky pests with regularly scheduled lawn care treatments to keep restorative costs down.

We all live with pests. With a watchful eye, pests in or around your home can be easily monitored - keeping damage tightly under control.