We all experience the effects of time. And a house is no different. There are several reasons why older houses are more likely to attract rodents and pests, compared to new homes. Here we will discuss the link between pests and older homes. This information may be useful in preventing critters from finding your home an enticing spot to set up shop.
Wear and tear
Older homes have been through a lot. They have weathered storms, sheltered growing families, and gone through upgrades, extensions, and multiple coats of paint. All of this can take a toll on a house.
As a house age, it starts to wear down. Cracks and gaps open in wood. Seals are not as tight. Plaster chips away. This is all a natural part of the aging process. But it also opens up opportunities for bugs, rodents, and other pests to make your home, their home.
This is why a little maintenance goes a long way when it comes to pest prevention. Above all else, keeping up with the cracks splits, and holes will make it much more difficult for pests to enter your home.
Building standards have changed over the years. Materials have improved and methods of sealing and ventilating your home have been modified. These two vast differences explain why an older home may experience a higher instance of pest problems.
An older home has been built differently, using what may have been lower quality materials that were not as effective or long-lasting as intended. And of course, nothing lasts forever. Over time your house will deteriorate no matter how solidly it was built. As a result, this aging process can lead to pests finding easy access to your home.
Pests enter a house for three reasons: food, moisture, and shelter. Older houses tend to have areas where ventilation is not ideal, barriers have worn down, and cracks have appeared. Consequently, these provide ideal entry points for pests to access your home and enjoy the spoils within.
For example, inadequately stored food or food scraps offer a smorgasbord for pests. Similarly, a messy cupboard or garage provides pests with the perfect environment to nest. Lastly, all pests need water, so any leaks or excess condensation will be another reason pests will enter your home.
Ensure your home doesn’t become their home
If you own an older home, it might be a good idea to take preventative steps to ensure it’s protected against pests. At Total Termite & Pest Control, we recommend an annual pest treatment to ward off any unwanted visitors. Contact us for a free consultation and quote and we will keep your house safe from pest invaders.