Would you dare buy a home infested by bugs?
Most homebuyers do not want to deal with home with a “bug problem”. Even homes previously infested by bugs are frowned upon as the bug problem almost always lies under or surrounding the home. Via sinkholes, ants and cockroaches can easily enter the home.
Also, there might be some trees around your home that are attracting all the insects. If you are planning to sell your home, it is imperative to take care of the bug problem before it gets too late. You don’t want to lose your hard-earned money by having to sell off your home at a discounted rate.
What Are the Best Ways to Keep Bugs Away From Your Home
1) Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a white powder made from fossilized remains of aquatic organisms called diatoms. The high silica content makes it a great health supplement for those with weak teeth and fingernails. Furthermore, it is also used extensively as an insecticide. According to a report by the National Pesticide Information Centre, Diatomaceous earth kills an insect by absorbing the fats from their bodies. After exposure to Diatomaceous earth, insects like Ants, Cockroaches, and Termites die out almost instantly.
2) Get Rid of Standing Water
Due to the uneven surface of the land (especially in the backyard area of the home), water gets collected and forms a breeding ground for mosquitoes and all kinds of flying insects. It also attracts rodents. So, how do you get rid of the standing water? Well, the best solution to create a French Drain so that water will get collected in the pipe and can be relocated someplace else. You can also try releveling the ground by filling it up with cement and mortar.
3) Grow Insect Repellent Garden Plants
This is the easiest and natural way to keep insects away from your home. There are certain plants that you can grow in your backyard or in the porch area that will repel the insects and never let them enter your home. Plants like Lavender and Chrysanthemums also add to the decor of your home. It is believed that the scent of these flowering plants deters insects. Although, there is no scientific evidence or proof for this method.
Do People Buy Homes That Were Previously Infested by Bugs?
Before you go ahead and spend money on pest control, you should know what to expect when selling a home that was previously infested by bugs. It might seem a bit unethical but you may also learn how to hide (from the potential home buyer or a realtor) the signs of bug infestation.
To answer your question, yes people would be willing to buy your home if you have let a bug extermination company handle the problem. Also, it matters what kind of bug your home was infested with. Ants and Cockroaches are easy to exterminate. They are also less likely to come back. But you are not getting away with termites. They always come back. In such a scenario, it would be good, to be honest with the home buyer.