While our team of experts at Premium Pest Control is often asked about how to handle a pest infestation, the topic of pest prevention often comes up as well. A primary concern of homeowners is that pests will take over their homes if they're gone for an extended amount of time, such as a business trip or long vacation.
Unfortunately, many homeowners have returned from being away for several weeks only to make the shocking discovery of a sudden pest infestation. To ensure this doesn't happen to you, here's what you need to know about pest control as it pertains to an empty house.
Precautions To Take
Some pests infest empty homes due to an unfortunate mistake on the part of the homeowner. This is to say that pests will make their way in through an open window and without a homeowner present to eradicate them immediately, they're able to reproduce and spread in the home with abandon. If you know you're going to be gone for several days or weeks, be sure to check that all windows and doors are shut as tightly as possible before you leave.
Biggest Risk: Your Return, Not Your Departure
While it's possible for a pest control issue to arise while you're away, you might be surprised to learn that your return actually presents the biggest infestation risk. Without realizing it, you might be bringing home bedbugs from your hotel on your clothes or in your luggage. Don't for a second think that just because you were staying somewhere "nice" that you're exempt from this risk. Bedbugs have been found in five-star and luxury hotels.
In the interest of pest prevention, check your luggage before you enter your home. Once inside, wash all of your garments and fabric items as soon as possible in hot water. Give your suitcase one more inspection before putting it into storage. It might sound like a lot of work, but bedbugs are one of the most troubling infestations to beat and it's well worth the extra bit of effort to prevent them from setting up shop in your home.
Contact a Professional
If you'd like to learn more about how you can pest-proof your home from the experts at Premium Termite and Pest Control, contact us today. If you're already in the unfortunate scenario of being plagued with an infestation that happened while you were away, we're able to come to your home as soon as possible to tackle the issue.