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Realtors encourage a pest inspection before buying or selling

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Selling or buying a home? Make sure the house is pest free by getting a thorough inspection. GoPro Pest Control provides responsive pest control services and real estate pest inspections, throughout the Okanagan. We’ll inspect the property from top to bottom and if pests are detected, we’ll remove them in no time. We even offer pest prevention to keep the home safe from future invasions. Take advantage of our 24-hour service and warrantied work today.

There are so many things that go into making a decision to purchase real-estate. Whether someone is purchasing their first home, or leasing office space for their company, many decisions are made concerning price, terms, and other matters. Unseen, potentially huge problems may lurk around a property. Not many people consider the possibility of a pest control problem waiting for them.

Individuals often forget to consider the potential of a rat issue or termite infestation. These pests can provide a much larger problem than a leaky roof or some warped siding. Wood eating insect infestations are only discovered during a professional inspection. They are very difficult to see and such an infestation will usually be missed by the untrained eye. Wood destroying insects cost property owners hundreds of millions of dollars per year. A large portion of the time, those costs could have been avoided by the property owner or lessee by simply having had a pest control inspection.

Small wood eating insects are common but not the only serious problem to be faced. Small critters like mice, rats, squirrels or raccoons can play havoc in attic spaces or inside walls. Such small animals are known to burrow into homes and other comfortable spaces and attempt to make the space their own. That means that not only do these animals look to “reside” inside your property, they also will look to eat, reproduce, and literally make the property their own. For these reasons, these types of pests can be a challenge to get rid of once they have made themselves at home. Often times, once animals have been removed they attempt to come back in or find alternative places to enter a property. This is not a problem that you want to have when settling into a new home or office space.

The bottom line is this. Whether dealing with termites, rats, mice, ants, bedbugs, or any other nasty critters, pest problems can be an extreme nuisance and can be expensive to deal with if not controlled as soon as pest activity is noticed. So, the next time you are looking at purchasing real estate or leasing, make sure to include a GoPro Pest Control inspection as part of the transaction. You may very well save yourself a ton of money and aggravation!

Tips to keep mice and rat carjackers out of your vehicle

Tips to keep mice and rat carjackers out of your vehicle

Your car alarm might protect you from thieves, but not from the four-legged intruders around the Okanagan. Mice and rats making a vehicle into a rodent hotel is a more common issue than you might think. After all, your car has everything they are looking for – a hood for insulation, wires and engine components to gnaw on and all kinds of small spaces to hide in. Rodents are opportunists – skilled at infiltrating all makes and models of vehicles. They will even crawl up from under the engine looking for vent holes and pedal shafts or steering column to get in to the interior of your car.
Tips to keep the critters out:

Remove foliage near your parking spot. Rodents nest and hide in vegetation, so clear away fallen leaves, shrubbery and vines from near your car.
Close all your doors and windows – including the sun roof. Don’t leave an open invitation for furry carjackers. Mice can squeeze themselves through an opening the size of a dime, so keep your vehicle closed up tight. It is especially important if you have a vehicle stored in your garage that is not being driven regularly.

Clean up the clutter and don’t leave rodents a convenient food supply. Remove litter such as fast-food packaging, discarded coffee cups and partially eaten convenience foods. Leaving an open bag of trail mix or a partially eaten muffin is an open invitation for ravenous rodents.

Don’t allow moisture to build up inside your vehicle. Mice are attracted to moist areas so don’t leave damp clothing or wet beach towels in your vehicle and keep condensation from building up in your car.
Rodents not only carry disease, but they cause significant damage when they choose to chew on the electrical wiring and make a nest inside your vehicle or under the hood.
Stay alert to signs of activity such as gnawed wires around the engine; shredded gauze in the air vent; chewed insulation and upholstery; claw marks and droppings; and chew holes in nonmetal engine components. And you would definitely notice the rank smell of a dead mouse inside your air vents or the cowl at the base of the windshield.

Never handle a rodent with your bare hands. If you discover a dead mouse or rat in your vehicle, use rubber gloves and seal the carcass in a Ziploc bag to dispose of it. Mix a bleach and water solution to clean all around the area of your vehicle where the rodent was found. Dispose of the sponge and rubber gloves and then wash your hands thoroughly with an antibacterial soap and warm water.

If you suspect rodent activity in your vehicle and you need help to capture the perpetrator, give the qualified pest control technicians at GoPro Pest Control a call at 250-215-5243