Living in a Manufactured House has a lot of advantages. For one, it’s far less expensive than owning and maintaining a site-built house. Like any home though, mobile homes are susceptible to pest problems. We have put together these tips to help you win the battle against these pests!
Every Pest Is a Threat to Mobile Homes
Mobile homes are not usually secured to the ground the same way that site-built homes are. Because of this, there are more areas underneath the house that allow the pests entry to the home.
Common pests you might see in the home are cockroaches, ants, rodents such as mice and rats. A lot of our communities are in the south and these pests are just part of life. This doesn’t mean that you have to put up with it though.
Mobile Homes VS Site-Built Homes
Manufactured homes often contain less exterior sheathing than site-built brick and mortar home, so critter and pest damage can be quick to appear.
Normal household pests like cockroaches and ants can often create larger infestations in mobile homes as opposed to brick and mortar homes. Among the factors is the fact that there is usually less insulation in a mobile home, exposing some areas of the home to the elements to a greater degree, making them a more hospitable environment for the bugs.
This doesn’t mean mobile homes are inferior to site-built homes. It simply means that they are made differently. Mobile homes are cheaper for a reason but still offer the same benefits of traditional housing.
Preparation Is The Best Thing You Can Do
Since mobile homes are somewhat more susceptible both to infestations and to the damage that they can cause, it is important to prepare your home to prevent these problems from occurring .
The best preparation is to make sure that you keep every area of your house as clean as possible. This includes where trash is kept and especially the areas such as pantries and kitchens where food is stored.
Pests of all kinds are almost always drawn into a home first by the availability of food, and removing this from the equation is a sure-fire way to keep your home safe.