Foreclosures: An Empty Home Makes a Great Home for Pests

March 23, 2020 3:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There’s a lot of things to recommend buying a foreclosed home. Since foreclosures are a case of a bank hoping to recoup its initial investment (and not much more), foreclosed homes tend to sell for much less than other homes. That said, when a buyer purchases a foreclosed home, they don’t get the same kind of service that comes with buying a home through the normal process.

For example, before taking ownership, the foreclosed home may sit vacant for long periods. That means rodents, pests and foreclosure in Alaska often go hand in hand.

Several points of invasion

At best, foreclosures require several small fixes that occur either as a result of negligent homeowners or their time sitting empty and unattended. That means the window screens may have holes, the windows may be broken and there may be cracks in the floor or the siding. Any of these entrances may serve as a perfect place for pests to break into your home and set up shop.

A moving feast

For rodents and other pests, a foreclosure in Alaska also provides the perfect home. Often, former tenants leave behind dry goods that can feed insects and rodents for months. Add to that the extra animals drawn to eat the bugs and rodents that infest the foreclosure, and you can end up with a thriving ecosystem in no time.

Quick multiplication

In an average home, a rodent infestation can do severe damage to food storage, utilities and even your family’s health. In a house where no one is keeping an active eye on the breeding of rodents, things can get out of hand quickly. For example, an adult mouse can have up to 12 babies once every three weeks. That means you could have an army of invaders spreading disease and going to the bathroom throughout your home.

The fire threat

Even more unnerving is rodents’ tendency to chew on wires. This is more than just an inconvenience—some statistics indicate that rodent infestations could be responsible for as much as 25 percent of house fires in the United States. In other words, if you’re unlucky, a mouse or rat may get to spend more time in your foreclosed home than you do. The more rodents in your home, the more likely a catastrophe will occur.

Call in the pros

At Pied Piper Pest Control, we understand how important your new home is, and that’s why we’re ready to help you control your rodents and pest-ridden foreclosure in Alaska, from the moment you take ownership. Whether you’re battling back against an infestation or you’re trying to prevent future issues, we’re the highly-skilled team of professionals you need on your side—and we have more than 50 years of experience to prove it.

For removal and mitigations of insects, birds, rodents and more, Pied Piper Pest Control is ready. We have the experience you need to rid your home of Alaska’s unique blend of pests. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call!

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