Termites
The age of your home often has nothing to do with whether or not it gets hit with termites.
Termites are subterranean, meaning they live under the ground. Termite colonies can be thousands and even tens or hundreds of thousands of the pests.  Newer buildings may be treated as they are constructed, but all things being equal, any wood structure is vulnerable without the proper treatment and maintenance.

 

The “Big Three”
Mice, rats and squirrels can wreak havoc on your property. Whether it is old or new, these pests can chew through electrical infrastructure, nest in the walls, and become a general nuisance with noise. In addition, they bring the potential of rodent-transmitted disease within striking distance of your family.  Although they can take up residence in any home regardless of age, older homes — especially those which have sat empty for some time — present a particularly tempting target to rodents looking for a place to call home.

 

Prevention is Key
The old Ben Franklin maxim, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is especially valid in this context. There are simple steps that every homeowner can take to minimize the impact of a potential pest infestation. Having a plan and taking precautions ahead of time is much less expensive than eradicating an infestation that has gotten out of control. Gambling on the chance that your property will avoid the impact of pest infiltration is a risk you don’t have to take.
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