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Pests Stealing Your Sweat Equity, And 7 Ways It May Be Happening In Your Home.

Updated: Apr 9

Aloha, we know your home is your biggest investment. As a homeowner, you understand the importance of maintaining and improving your property. However, pests can pose a significant threat to your investment. Not only are they a nuisance, but they can also cause damage to your home. In this article, we will explore some of the ways which pests can undermine your home improvements and provide tips on how to protect your property from these threats.

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1. Building a deck is a popular DIY project that not only adds value to your home but also enhances your lifestyle. However, it's important to remember that your deck is vulnerable to pests, especially wood-boring and wood-destroying insects like carpenter bees and termites. To protect your deck, use lumber that is pretreated to deter pests and refinish it periodically to prevent raw wood exposure.


2. You may find you're looking to install a wood stove or fireplace in your home, it's important to consider the installation requirements and necessary components, such as a stovepipe or flue. However, it's also crucial to ensure that pests don't make their way into your home through the chimney. Installing a chimney cap can help keep unwanted visitors out while allowing smoke and other by-products to escape safely. Contact for a free estimate.

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3.  While electrical work is best left to professionals, there simple projects and repairs that homeowners can safely tackle themselves. However, without the expertise of a professional, it's important to take precautions to prevent potential hazards. Rodents, for example, can pose a risk to electrical systems and may even be responsible for house fires. To prevent this, work with a pest expert to identify and seal any potential entry points for rodents in your home.


4.  Finishing a basement can be a DIY-friendly project, but it often requires a long to-do and may involve hiring a contractor for certain tasks. To protect your hard work from pests, it's important to inspect the exterior foundation walls for any gaps or openings If you find any, it's crucial to patch them up or seal them closed to prevent termites and other wood-destroying insects from entering your basement. By taking these precautions, you can ensure that your finished basement remains safe and secure.


5.  Replacing a roof is a risky job that many homeowners choose to hire professionals for. However, whether you choose to do it yourself or hire someone else, it's important to take precautions to prevent pests from damaging your new roof. Overgrown trees and branches in close proximity to the roof can act as a bridge for pests like termites and carpenter ants. To ensure a long-lasting, problem-free roof, it's essential to trim back any overgrown trees and keep branches away from the roof.


6.  Installing an appliance yourself can save you money, but it's important to proceed with caution and take preventive measures to avoid potential hazards. When installing a clothes dryer, it's especially important to ensure that the exterior vent includes a damper to prevent insects and rodents from entering your home. You can also provide an added measure of security by caulking around the vent or positioning steel wool where the vent cover meets the siding material. By taking these precautions, you can safely and effectively install your dryer while keeping pests out.


7.  Cleaning your gutters is an important task that can prevent potential hazards and pest infestations. When gutters become clogged with leaves and debris, storm water can pool and stagnate, becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other harmful. Regularly cleaning your gutters can help prevent these issues and keep your home safe. While it may be a dreaded chore, neglecting to clean your gutters can be tempting fate.

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