Check every entrance to your home to be sure that they seal properly to prevent bugs, mice and other pests from entering. If you had a large hole in your home to where you could easily see outside, you’d seal it up rather fast to prevent any unwanted visitors. Any gap larger than 1/8 inch should be treated just the same, as most pests need very little space to gain access in to your home.
Here are some additional pest solution tips to help protect your home.
1. Inspect window screens
Inspect your window screens to be sure that they are not only intact, but that they fit properly and do not allow enough space for pests to enter. For a quick fix, you can try applying clear nail polish on small areas of damage on the screen.
2. Inspect doors for small gaps
Inspect door frames and thresholds to be sure that they are intact, fill gaps in door frames with wood putty (as a quick fix), or replace wood in areas where the frame has deteriorated. Remember that soggy wood might be an indication of termite destruction. Another easy access for bugs is the threshold at the bottom of the door. If you see light at the base of the door, look to replace the door sweep to help prevent door arch pests from gaining access to the home. Inspect weather stripping around door frame and replace areas that may have become worn over time and may allow pest entry.
3. Inspect exterior siding and trim
Inspect exterior wood trim and siding for structural, moisture, or fungal damage (dry rot). Not only may these areas attract termites, but they may invite insects, rodents, and other critters (squirrels, racoons, skunks, birds, bats, etc.) in to your home.
4. Inspect exterior vents and sub area access points
Inspect all exterior vent screens to be sure they are intact. Replace screens where damage is noted, to be sure rodents and other pests cannot gain access to your attic or subarea. If sub area access points do not seal properly, make sure that you replace the access door, or make the necessary adjusts for it to fit and seal properly.
5. Inspect exterior for harborage or access to your home
Inspect the exterior of the home for build up of leaf debris in landscaping, wood piles or lumber stacks near the home, overgrown shrubbery or trees touching the roofline. Ants, spiders and earwigs, among other pests will be attracted to accumulations of leaf debris. Wood piles or stacks of lumber near the structure create a safe place for rodents to burrow and nest. These piles will also attract termites and other insects. Rodents, critters and ants can gain access to the roof via overgrown trees and shrubs touching the structure.
By utilizing these 5 tips and inspecting your home you can help prevent pests from gaining access to your home in the future. A regular pest control service can help maintain your home even further and reduce these problems long before they come to fruition.
Pests aren’t just an annoyance, they can damage your home and possibly affect the health of your family. Pest Pros Pest Solutions takes the care of your home and family very seriously. We can customize a program that is best suited for your home and budget.
Utilizing these five tips to shield your home from any unwanted bugs and pests is an excellent start to ensure that your home and family are safe from issues related to a pest infestation.