Keep the Pests Out of Your Rental Homes

Contributing Writer, B2R Finance | Contractors,Landlords,Real Estate,Renters

Keeping pests out of your single-family rental properties is a year round job! Dry rot, crumbling timbers and spongy floors are signs of pest infestations that can seriously affect the structure of your investments. What’s even more frightening is that an infestation may not be readily apparent and, if undetected, can seriously undermine the home’s safety. Here are a few pests to be on the lookout for:

  • Termites – The king of wood-destroying pests is the termite. Although it is found just about all over the country, it is most common in the western and southern United States.
  • Carpenter Ants – Indoors, you may find the nests in wall cracks, attics, insulation, hollow doors, cracks under sinks and window or door casings. They thrive in wood that has 15 percent moisture content.
  • Carpenter Bees – The bee takes its nickname from the fact that it chews through wood, creating tunnels. A half-inch diameter hole with sawdust beneath it is the typical sign of its entry. Like carpenter ants, they don’t consume the wood but create the tunnels to nest in.
  • Powderpost Beetles – There are several types of beetles that lay their eggs in cracks or other defects in wood. The larvae then burrow into the wood and consume it.

Be on the lookout for the tell-tale signs of pest damage mentioned above. If you have any suspicions that wood-destroying pests may be present, hire a professional immediately to address the issues. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @B2RFinance.

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