How to Protect Your Home Security System From Pests

November 3, 2010 in Home Security System

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You may have a state-of-the-art home security system designed to keep out human-sized pests, but you might be surprised to know how much damage small insects, rodents and reptiles can do to your security system, and even undermine it or render it helpless. Though most homeowners know to trim back the foliage around their motion detectors, light sensors and cameras, few are aware of the threat animal pests pose. Especially in warmer climates, flying insects such as bees and wasps can quickly build nests around exterior security equipment. Not only can the insects’ movements set off a false alarm, the nest itself can actually hamper the equipment’s functioning. Snakes, lizards and geckos may be fascinating creatures, but when they decide to camp out on your security cameras, you probably won’t be as fascinated by the bill you get from your monitoring company for false alarms. Possums, rats and raccoons make for great Disney characters, but in real life, you don’t want them chewing through wires, fences, or even basement doors and windows. Fortunately, with a bit of research and preparation, you can prevent all of these situations. Before you install your home security system, check with a local pest controller to find out which pests are most prevalent in your neighborhood. It’s also a good idea to enquire about preventative measures you can take against these pests. In the case of termites especially, taking preventative or early measures before a pest situation becomes a major problem, can be the difference between your home being secure and your home being rendered unlivable. If you’re in the situation that you’re already sharing your house with uninvited pests, remember to contact your local municipality to find out what the law says about pest control and extermination. In some cities and towns, it’s prohibited to capture, harm or kill pests yourself, and you will have to get a professional to do it for you. Even if it costs a few dollars, this is actually the best course of action, and not only ensures that the job is done thoroughly and professionally: it also protects you from harmful sprays, gases and other materials that might affect your health. Once your house is free of pests and you’ve educated yourself on what to look for to recognize their return, you can prevent further damage by regularly scheduling a visit from your professional pest controller, as well as doing regular rounds yourself, to spot early warning signs of infestation.

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