Fall season here in high desert of Albuquerque, NM is a tremendously beautiful time. There are many changes happening in the outdoor environments and if your home is close to the bosque or wild open spaces critters are also busy preparing themselves for the winter months ahead. As your local Home Inspector Albuquerque I have some great tips for you to safeguard your home and outdoor structures from unwanted guests.
Many woodland creatures like squirrels, skunks, pack rats, mice are looking to get away from the cold weather and find cozy, moist, warm places to nest in this time of year. A home’s crawlspace to the underneath of the house is often a place where these types of critters seek out to shelter in. If you have not taken the opportunity to take a closer look by walking the perimeter of your home and inspecting to see if there are any indications of a critter or critters forcibly burrowing or entering your crawlspace I highly encourage that you do. If that sounds like something you would rather not do than call one of your local home inspection companies to schedule a home inspection appointment.
If you own any out structures like a tool shed or workshop these structures also offer up the type of shelters these critters are looking for. Above ground pools or spas are often highly suspect places for these pests to infest as well. These pests can do an incredible amount of damage to property and equipment if left alone to their own devises. Not to mention they can also carry diseases like plague, rabies or hanta virus. All very disgusting and life threatening diseases that can be contracted by humans who have had exposure to them. As your certified local home inspector in Albuquerque I can inspect the places you may not want to and identify what type of pest infestation you may have. I also work closely with local pest management companies that can help to re-mediate your pest problem effectively and can recommend a professional pest management company upon your request.
Some of these pests can cause thousands of dollars of damage as they are known to eat through electrical wiring. Some pests like pack rats are attracted to the smells of the sheathing used to insulate the wiring. I have seen pool pumps destroyed, vehicle wiring destroyed, service panel disconnects intruded into and fried mice synged to breaker switches. I have seen squirrels access the attic space through the open slits of a gable vent that had not been properly sealed and destroy the attic space with urine and feces and also burrow through the spray foam insulation.
Having a proper home inspection completed can help to identify places where pests may likely use as entry points into a confined space that humans rarely enter. Your Albuquerque Home Inspector most likely will have many suggestions as to what you as a homeowner can do to safeguard against a pest intrusion.
Other places to look for burrowing types of pests are the piles of firewood stored often by the house or actually stacked against the house structure. Having firewood stored or stacked close to the house is not a safe or secure practice. I always recommend moving it away from the house as the pile of dry wood can attract wood eating insect pests as well that may in turn threaten your home from infestation. Having stacks of firewood to close to or touching the house is also a fire danger as it is usually very dry fuel that a potential fire can consume very quickly.
Remember to be diligent and proactive when it comes to protecting your home and it’s many spaces from being intruded into by unwanted pests. It is always good to know what is going on with the parts of your house that you do not see everyday contact your local home inspector Albuquerque today and schedule your home inspection.
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