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05/12/2011

HOUSING RECOVERY COULD LEAD TO UNCOVERED PEST PROBLEMS

Arrow Exterminators Educates Potential Homebuyers On the Importance of Obtaining a Pest Inspection from a Licensed Pest Professional

The housing market is making a comeback. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, "existing-home sales continued to recover in the first quarter with gains reported in 49 states and the District of Columbia." In the south, "existing-home sales increased 8.5 percent." With the housing market on the rebound, many prospective homeowners may want to move quickly to get in on a great deal. However, Arrow Exterminators cautions potential buyers to not overlook a critical component in the process: obtaining a pest inspection from a licensed pest professional.

"As more and more people begin to look for great deals on a new home, they need to keep in mind the importance of obtaining a pest inspection, especially if the property is a foreclosure or short-sale and hasn't been occupied for a long period of time. These uninhabited spaces are the perfect dwelling grounds for termites, wood boring beetles, roaches, ants, rodents and wildlife," said Arrow Exterminators Pest Expert, Shay Runion. "No matter the type of sale, we always encourage new homebuyers to obtain a pest inspection by a licensed pest professional before making such an important decision. Not only will it create peace of mind, but can also potentially save the new homeowner thousands of dollars in structural repairs."

Termites and other wood destroying organisms, in particular, can cause serious problems for potential homeowners in the south. Termites cause $5 billion worth of property damages each year - a cost rarely covered by homeowner's insurance. A thorough inspection by a licensed pest professional allows potential homeowners to uncover any existing infestations, past damage or conditions conducive to future problems. Upon completion of the inspection, the pest control company will issue documentation guaranteeing their work for a period time providing further protection for home buyers

In addition to wood destroying organisms, cockroaches, ants, house mice and wildlife such as squirrels and roof rats can pose a threat to human health and affect the structure of a home. Cockroaches can cause asthma in children. House mice breed quickly and can bring other unwanted pests into the home like fleas, ticks, mites and lice and wildlife infestations can cause serious structural damage and electrical fires as the chew their way through wires, plastic and wood to find food and shelter and their waste can transmit diseases.