Empty Houses May Not Be So Empty

It’s a sad fact that many of our neighborhoods that once seemed so stable are now facing the harsh reality of foreclosure. In most of our towns, it is hard to go a few blocks without seeing a home that is noticeably vacant. The house is dark, windows are curtainless and the lawn is overgrown.

According to RealtyTrac.com, Illinois currently ranks third in the nation for foreclosures, behind California and Florida. Last month alone, Illinois recorded nearly 14,000  homes that were in some phase of the foreclosure process.

A home sitting empty for a long period of time is never a good thing. Derelict kids, water, extreme heat and mold can all do extensive damage to a house that has been abandoned. Besides being an eyesore, most of the items listed above aren’t too much trouble for neighbors. But if rodents and other pests decide to move in, it could cause a threat for the whole neighborhood.

A home that is in disrepair with unattended maintenance problems like holes in the siding or cracks in the foundation can be like putting out a welcome mat for pests including termites, ants, roaches, mice and rats. An empty house can offer pests shelter, water and even food depending on what was left behind by the previous owners. If the population begins to flourish and food becomes scarce, it won’t take long for the squatters to venture to the neighbors.

Rats can pose a particular threat, because they are know to actually travel up to one mile per day. According to the National Pest Management Association, “They (rats) are also known as exceptional diggers and often build intricate systems, called burrows, which allow them to travel around a neighborhood undetected.”

Typically in our blog posts we would now give you a list of tips to help protect your home from these freeloading pests, but there really isn’t much you can do if there is an infestation next door. One sure way to avoid being the next host to the pest caravan, is to contact a pest management professional. They can recommend preventative measures to protect your home and family from pests.

If you are living in a neighborhood with a vacant home and want to prevent pests from moving in, give us a call and we will be happy to inspect your surroundings and suggest the best and safest solution to your pest problem. Quik Kill Pest Eliminators 800-525-0505