Benefits of Starting a Pest Treatment Program Before You Move In
Before moving into a new home, there are lots of things on your to-do list. Is one of them to address pest control? It should be!
Making pest control a part of your pre-move checklist makes your life easier. Not only because it’s easier to treat an empty home, but because you can get rid of pests before they ever become a problem for you.
In fact, there are many benefits to starting a pest control treatment program before you move. Here’s what you need to know.
No Unpleasant Surprises
Your new home or apartment may be gorgeous, but you never know what can be lurking in the places you cannot see and who might be some of your new unsuspected roommates. Insects and rodents often hide initially but surface once they are more comfortable with your presence.
Having a pest control expert treat your new home before moving in means you won’t be surprised and creepy-crawlies won’t be a hindrance to the enjoyment of your new home.
Before moving all of your stuff into your new home and unpacking, treating for a pest problem will make for a much easier clean-up. Any pests targeted by treatments will be easy to spot and dispose of instead of winding up inside walls and boxes or under furniture making them much tougher to spot.
Not to mention, mopping floors, wiping down surfaces, and cleaning is much easier to do before you move in to make sure there’s no residue left over from treatments.
Avoid Health Issues
Common problems people face when living with pests are conditions that can impact health. If food and water become contaminated by pests such as rodents or droppings by certain insects cause you to have a reaction, then it can put your health in jeopardy. Pest droppings are often associated with lower air quality and breathing problems.
Treating for pests before moving in increases the chances that your new environment will be healthy for you and your family.
Living with pests in unpleasant for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest is how they can damage the things you own beyond just the home you live in. They’ll feed on paper from books, get into clothes, furniture, and food.
They can even ruin houseplants if given the opportunity. Targeting them before moving in will ensure that your things are protected.
What About New Construction?
If you’re moving into a residence that is brand new, you may think that there’s no reason for pest control prior to moving in. Unfortunately, that’s not correct.
Pests can invade new buildings just as easily as old ones. In fact, mice are a very common problem in new construction homes since they’re normally built in areas where the landscape has been cleared which can leave them looking for a new place to seek shelter.
Another pest that can invade new construction projects is ants. Disturbing mounds of dirt can bring them into a home, searching for food and water.
Prevention is Key
Pest control services used in your new home before moving in has a lot of benefits for the health and comfort of your family. Pest control experts can spot things that untrained eyes cannot, getting rid of unwanted pests and protecting your home from future invasions.
They will seek out every nook and cranny to keep pests from getting in and ensure that you and your family are safe and happy in your new space. Furthermore, it’s as important now as ever with COVID-19 keeping people at home, to have a space you feel safe.
About the Author:
Daniel Mackie, co-owner of Greenleaf Pest Control, is a Toronto pest control expert and a regular guest on HGTV. He is renowned in the industry as an innovator of safe, effective pest control solutions. Mackie and business partner Sandy Costa were the first pest control professionals in Canada to use detection dogs and thermal remediation for the successful eradication of bed bugs. In his free time, he is an avid gardener.