Is there a house too tiny for pests? Hipsters, old folks, mothers-in-law, many of them are taking up a new lifestyle. Downsizing big time!
They’re moving into what they call “tiny” houses, a literal description of what The Tiny House calls, “a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in. The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet.
Tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, but they enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space.”
No house is immune.
Okay, so you have a much smaller house than the “norm.” Can you expect smaller pests? Just because there’s less space, the pests don’t care. If there is a route in and an invitation to stay, they will be there.
With less space, your options for pest control get smaller, too. You can’t exactly bug bomb a small space without some penalty. You still have to breathe, eat off surfaces, and live with toxic leftover.
No region is immune.
Your tiny house will be somewhere that pests control. It might be Florida, the mountains, the desert, or forest. It might just be the lot behind your daughter-in-law’s family house. But, some bug or varmint calls it “home.”
Most often, tiny houses are not built on solid foundations. As often as not, they sit atop a lot or slab like a mobile or manufactured home. Without a sealed foundation, they are exposed to rats, mice, raccoon, and all sorts of creepy crawly things. (On a side note; as long as your crawl spaces are secured and covered, it minimizes varmints living under your house.)
No construction is immune.
Just like how Dharma Merchant Services, a merchant service provider that works with pest control companies, strives to be transparent, pest services emulate and try to be upfront after they’ve checked out a place, no matter the size, on what has to be done.
Garry Milsom, President of Delsea a leading pest services, NJ company, recommends, “controlling pests through sanitation, mechanical exclusion, non-chemical devices and when necessary the use of pesticides.”
The tiny architecture does not allow for most insulation. The space will have built-ins, and that tight fit does not do well with toxic sprays or heavy lasting chemical treatments.
Some materials and some building construction may be more preventive than others. Varmints and vermin can find their way through the most porous materials and find nooks and crannies you wouldn’t notice.
Ants and other insects will defy you and find their way to your pantries. They will creep and crawls into damp areas and make homes in the walls.
Outside materials and finishes are not immune from pests, either. Fying bugs will do their thing no matter where you are located. And, with less space, you can’t always avoid them.
Doors, windows, plumbing, and conduits all create potential entrances for the pests that can make your stay miserable anywhere.
And, bloggers at the Bob Vila™ website suggest uses for apple cider vinegar, salts, soap solutions, basil, cinnamon oil, and many more natural remedies.
Your tiny house option –
An integrated approach to pest management begins with a study of the problem, materials, and construction.
It looks to the least toxic solutions, and while management may not avoid all pesticides, it prefers natural-based products.
It starts with regular visits by pest technicians who log sightings and problems to assess needs in terms of treatments and applications.
They might use glue boards, non-baited traps, or pheromone lures, but they will try to avoid spraying insecticides with any regularity.
They will opt for boric acid treatments and stick to registered and approved baits, and they will provide and review any labels or MSDS information.
And, good professional support will ready your tiny house in a vacation location when you prepare to open it for the season. For example, heat remediation presents little inconvenience and minimal risk.
So, you can control the tiny house pest problems with smart decisions and professional assistance.