Protect Your Vacation Home from Pests

Protect Your Vacation Home from Pests

How a Home Watch Service Can Help Protect Your Vacation Home from Pests

Imagine arriving at your vacation home after a long bout of cold weather.  You’ve been shoveling snow for days and you’re tired of needing to warm up your car before you want to drive somewhere.

Now that you have some much-needed downtime, the only thing you wanted to do is was to head to Florida for a few days. The trip in was a nightmare. Not only was your flight delayed… twice… the airline lost your bags. At this point, all you want to do is walk through the front door, kick off your shoes and relax for a few days.

Unfortunately, once the door opens, you learn your home has been taken over by unwanted, multi-legged houseguests.

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How a home watch service can help

Even the most diligent homeowner can forget to cross certain things off their checklist when they leave town.  If food is left on the counter (or in the trash can), or if cereals, pasta or instant rice are left in boxes in the pantry, this can attract mice.

It’s hard to believe, but mice have been known to gain entry to homes through openings that are no bigger than the size of a small coin.  If your home isn’t a bonafide fortress, there’s always a chance that ants, mice, and other undesirable creatures could let themselves in and make themselves comfortable.

What’s more, is that if your home is unoccupied for weeks or months at a time, your unwanted house guests are likely to make themselves at home.

One homeowner we spoke with recalled an incident she had with mice a few years ago. She’d just arrived back in SWFL and decided she wanted to decorate for Christmas. When she first got to the home, saw some mice droppings in and around the kitchen, and after she threw out all of what they’d been snacking on, she called an exterminator.

Yet when she went to retrieve her Christmas items, she found that the mice had taken it over as their nest. Everything in that box- from the tree skirt to the stockings to the kitchen towels, had to be thrown out.

When you hire a home watch service, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a person “on the ground” to watch your asset when you’re not here to look after it yourself. What’s more, is that if we discover that critters have let themselves inside of your home, we can help you remedy this before the problem gets out of hand.

For more information on our rates, services or what we do, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today.