As a homeowner, you are sure to think about the obvious perils, like tornados, fires, and floods. But there is a host of smaller damages that can wreak havoc on your home. Small animals, like insects, rodents, and other critters, can end up causing big damages to your home. Read on to learn more about the damages animals can cause to your home, the signs of animal damage and how you should react if you suspect you have an animal problem.
Living in a place with a naturally warm climate like Florida, homeowners have to be ready to contend with insects year round. In addition to ants, roaches, and other annoying insects, termites are a real concern. Termites can cause permanent damage to a home’s structure before you even realize they have come on to your property. Once they have invaded, termites can be difficult to remove, requiring a large-scale extermination and sometimes a fumigation tent. In order to avoid termite issues, you should look at using a reputable pest control company to spray your property for insects regularly and be vigilant about keeping items like trash files and firewood around the perimeter of your home, as they can harbor insects.
Rodents, like mice and rats, and small mammals like squirrels and chipmunks can cause large damages once they gain entry to your home. They chew on important parts of the home, like insulation, wiring, and siding. Should they have babies in your home, you now have a much larger problem to contend with. To prevent animals from gaining entry into your home, be sure that any possible entry points, like unsealed door frames or holes in the wall, are fully closed up. Listen for any sounds that may indicate the presence of animals, such as scratching, squeaking or small footsteps after dark. If you suspect a small animal has gained entry to your home, contact a pest control professional to get help.
The presence of a snake or spider in your home is enough to freak you out, but the truth is they are actually an indication of a larger problem. As predators, snakes and spiders both feed on smaller animals. They follow the food source, so if they are present, it is most likely because you have an infestation of smaller animals, like mice or insects. These animals tend to seek out dark, hidden spaces like crawl spaces or basements, garages or outbuildings, so be sure to keep these places clean and free of clutter piles they can call home.
If an animal has gained entry to your home and caused major damage, it may be worth your time to file a homeowner’s insurance claim. Five Star Claims Adjusting can help you evaluate whether your damage warrants a claim and help you get it filed and paid. Click here to contact us and get started.