Let’s face it, today’s hipster trend of super-down-sized houses will present it’s share of pest problems for skilled exterminators to tackle. First, if living a transient lifestyle where you frequently move around to different places, you will exposing your tiny house to a variety of American pests. Without taking preventative pest control measures, many tiny house people will find their new tiny home becomes quite the welcome wagon. I wonder if millennials will circle them around like the old stage coaches when a pack of dangerous rats approaches? I digress; we always want to minimize indoor exposure to pesticides. That leaves few options in a place that has minimal breathing room, times of potentially poor or little ventilation, and a few water filled appliances nestled in under your utensils.
Rodent control will be the most important factor to address if traveling and staying near wooded areas. You will need to ensure your tiny home is not just-the-right-sized for Goldilocks to take her daily snooze. Rats and mice will find their way in through the base or come over onto the roof if nearby trees allow. Take the time to assess every place on the house that they can squeeze through. The smallest of holes or gaps can lead to additional guests rummaging through you pantry, which by the way, happens to be just a few feet from you right now.
Areas we typically treat in a regular home, are condensed into a tiny space that shares your immediate breathing room so specialized minimal risk products should be the only choice inside. Take the hot water heater for example, which is usually a hotbed for cockroach activity. These appliances normally reside in the corner of the garage or in a basement, where you don’t spend a lot of time. In a tiny house however, the water heater is hidden somewhere inside. Tiny home hot water heaters will create an oasis of Siesta Key like conditions. Heat and humidity will draw those large roaches or Palmetto Bugs directly into the party. This will undoubtedly create a conundrum for pest control service technicians who must choose products carefully that are labeled to be used indoors and adjacent to people all the time.
Outside treatments of tiny homes will also present a challenge. Many are quite all and have metal structures underneath which are not suitable for liquid sprays. Realistically, most pests will only be able to crawl up via supports in direct contact with the ground. Flying insects will continue to pose the normal threats. Right now I’m glad the mosquitoes can get lost on the other side of my house. In the tiny home, it will be easy to zero in on me. A thorough treatment around doors, windows, and plumbing/electrical penetrations will be needed. Additionally, insect bait placements into wall voids would be recommended.
Of course living in my large home has become passe. Maybe living small will make us feel like we are making a worthwhile contribution to society or saving the planet from ourselves. But I have to be honest that Living in a tiny house is a neat idea to me from the cost perspective. Being locked into a mortgage is not that appealing. For that reason, I would consider living small. Would you?