Pests That Can Harm Your Buildings

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Even while you may find rodents and insects disgusting, there is another key reason to be concerned about some pests. If left unchecked, small home invaders can inflict thousands of dollars in damage to your house, condo, townhouse, or apartment. If you don’t notice the indicators of an infestation, these pests can wreak havoc on your home. Here are a few things to watch out for when unwelcome guests. If you find any of these, the pest and building inspection become necessary.

Termites

Termite colonies, which both live in and consume wood, can cause severe structural damage to your home in as little as five years under the right conditions, but some species can cause significant problems in as little as six months. Regular building inspections in Armstrongs Creek can help you in resolving the termite problem.

Raccoons

Raccoons are the Incredible Hulk of pests, dwarfing even the tiniest of insects. They’ll destroy anything and everything that stands in their path due to their sheer size and determination. To gain access, they’ll rip apart ductwork, shred pipe insulation and shove it into places where it has no business being, gnaw through the wire, and even rip holes in the wall, roof, or ceiling themselves.

Carpenter ants

Unlike most wood-boring insects, carpenter ants scrape out both wood and insulation, creating routes and hollowing things out to form nests with their teeth. As a result, their devastation isn’t as severe. However, if the ants keep expanding and creating new satellite nests, the harm they do to your house’s wooden structures can compound and become a serious problem. Therefore, it is important to get regular pest and building inspections.

Mice and rats

Mice and rats can do a lot of damage to your homes inside. When these rodents bite on electrical wire in your walls, appliances, or even your car, they maintain their teeth’ sharpness. Insulation in your walls or attic, PVC piping, or the waves on your roof will all have an effect. To make matters worse, exposed wires and pipes that have been punctured offer a fire hazard and can result in flooding.

Bees

Bees are an important element of the ecology, but they shouldn’t be left inside your home. Colonies of bees includes a hive weighing several pounds. Honeybees on the other hand completely fill the wall cavities with honeycombs. This can put a lot of strain on the walls and beams and potentially cause them to fail. If you live in an area where honeybees are a problem, you may want to consider installing moisture barrier inside your walls. 

Fungi

A wood-destroying fungus, more commonly referred to as dry rot, can damage the wood in your home in the same way an insect infestation might. Especially prevalent in the wetter regions of the country, this fungus weakens and weakens the wood it infects, turning it into brittle and brittle-like debris. This gradually weakens your home’s structural integrity and necessitates the replacement of all compromised timber. Avoid fungal growth by building inspections. Please visit www.houseinspectionsgeelong.com for more information.