Restoration is often needed after a pest infestation. Homeowners feel relieved when they no longer see or hear the pests or wildlife. But the damage can be significant beyond a visual inspection. Please do not despair. Most pest damage can be eradicated by our technicians…with a little from you, a diligent homeowner.
What exactly is a pest infestation?
The dictionary defines pest infestation as a situation when insects or nuisance wildlife are present in large numbers and cause damage. Our technicians are often called to homes where the owner has seen a ‘mouse or two’ only to find, upon closer inspection, significant structural damage.
Five pests notorious for infestation
While an abundance of any species that does not belong in your home can cause damage, these five culprits are the most notorious for infestation.
Termites have been chewing through wood and structures made from wood for literally millions of years. There is no telling the amount of property damage they have caused over the centuries. They are highly tenacious and can remain unseen, even after you think they are gone. Bob Vila feels very strongly about termites: Considered by many to be the most destructive of all household pests, termites can cause thousands of dollars of damage to a home’s wood structural system before they’re discovered. To get rid of termites, you need to call in a professional exterminator. But you can reduce termite damage by keeping an eye out for telltale signs that they’re chowing down in your home, such as the presence of mud tubes on the outside of the foundation and small piles of tiny, pellet-shaped, sawdust-like droppings on the floor near the walls.
This pest loves to chew through wood that has not been painted or sealed. Often called a woodboring beetle, they can enter your home on old furniture and reclaimed wood. These insects feed in the wood upon hatching and tunnel, creating an exit as adults. Be mindful of holes in furniture, especially furniture stored in a basement or dark, damp facility. And most importantly, never store firewood in your home, basement, or garage.
Once inside your attic, these entertaining creatures can chew through wires, destroy and contaminate the insulation and leave open access for other pests and wildlife to enter. Our technicians find that most households feed wildlife and birds perilously close to their homes or garage. Birdfeeders lure squirrels and some other wildlife to feed near your home. Couple the feeder with low-hanging branches or a trellis covered in vines, and those cute little squirrels will soon be in your attic.
Tiny but mighty mice can cause significant structural damage. Mice enter a home, shed, or garage through the smallest of holes, sometimes the size of a dime. Once inside, they reproduce quickly, and an infestation is in full bloom. Look for the signs:
- Scratching sounds overhead
- Shredded paper goods or materials in the attic or basement
- Signs of chewed wiring, cables, and wood
Most people think cockroaches scour the home and kitchen for food. True, but they are voracious chewers. Roaches chew through fabrics and paper products, destroying wallpaper and even furniture! Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens.
So, you had an infestation? Let’s restore your home to ‘good as new’!
Removing and eradicating pests and nuisance wildlife after an infestation is only half of the process. Restoring your home to a clean and healthy environment is critical.
Residential and commercial properties are often damaged from long-term or excessive infestation from pests and nuisance wildlife. It is necessary to rebuild and replace areas of a home or business after treatment and eradication.
Attic Cleanout and Restoration
The attic of your home contains most of a structure’s insulation and is one of the most common places for animals such as squirrels, raccoons, bats, mice, etc., to nest. The animals/rodents may leave feces, urine, fleas, mites, ticks, and nests. Attic Cleanouts ensure soiled insulation is removed and replaced with new insulation and disinfected. The area is thoroughly sanitized, reconstructed, and restored to a clean and healthy environment.
Basement Cleanout and Restoration
Basement cleanouts require going beyond what you can see. We are a pest control company with restoration services as a critical component of a proper cleanout. Damages from natural disasters such as storms, flooding, and fire can create a safe harbor for pests and nuisance wildlife to move in. It also causes damage to flooring, drywall, insulation, and materials that require restoration services to return the basement to a usable and safe environment for your family.
Our basement cleanout service can be for any problem or damage, such as mold, rodent/wildlife infestation, and clutter. Once the basement has been inspected and a plan of action is in place, the cleanout begins. However, an essential step is actually beyond the cleanout. The space’s thorough cleaning and sanitization are critical to present the area safe for your family and pets to enjoy.
We can help with attic cleanouts and restoration projects.
Our trained technicians and construction team will work hand-in-hand to inspect your attic space and determine the best course of action. Should restoration and construction services become necessary, we have that too!
We offer construction and restoration services to return your property to a clean and safe environment from damages caused by pests, nuisance wildlife, mold, and water damage. Contact us to schedule a free inspection.