How to Keep Pests Out of Your HomeIn Fall on July 31, 2019 at 9:03 pm | Written by admin
Summertime is great for so many reasons, from warm weather, to vacations, swimming, gardening, cookouts, festivals and so much more.
The downside of summer is that it is the season for bugs and insects. They thrive in the summer conditions.
Warm weather, abundant moisture and food, humidity, daylight and the natural lifecycle of pests all combine to make summer the season for insects in Chicagoland.
Besides insects, rodents like mice and rats have plenty of food and good weather to multiply their numbers as well.
With so many pests of all kinds, it’s no wonder that some of them will find their way into your home.
Keeping pests out of your home
Of course, you don’t want to have all these bugs and rodents in your home.
You can never keep every pest out of your home but there are some steps you can take to help keep a lot of them away.
How to keep pests away from your home
- Repair windows and doors
- Fix cracks and gaps
- Pick up yard debris and litter
- Proper lighting
- Fill gaps in your interior
- Inspect drains
- Keep recyclables away
- Food storage
- Keep a clean home
Make sure that you have trimmed back tree branches and shrubs that touch your home and create potential “bridges” to your home for wildlife.
For next to your home, non-organic ground cover such as rock or stone will keep rodents and insects away better than wood chips and much will, which can provide shelter for pests next to your foundation.
Repair windows and doors
Make sure to inspect and repair any doors and windows that are broken, warped, or no longer fit and function well. Repair all screens with holes or tears in them and use screen mesh sizes of at least 200 holes per square inch.
Fix cracks and gaps
Inspect your home exterior for cracks and gaps that could allow pests to enter your home. Check for foundation cracks, loose siding, missing roof shingles, and gaps around utility lines, pipes, and wiring.
Pick up yard debris and litter
Make sure to keep your patio, deck, yard, and garage free from litter. Keep your yard free of litter, mow your grass, remove weeds, and don’t allow standing water. Make sure trash cans have tight lids and that the cans are clean.
Install bulbs with pink, yellow or orange colors that are less attractive to insects.
Fill gaps in your interior
Besides checking the exterior of your home, you’ll want to check for cracks from the interior. Sometimes there are gaps you won’t see from the exterior. Check behind sinks, cabinets, appliances, and around pipes, utilities and dryer vents.
Kitchens have your food, which is why they can attract pests. Make sure your leftover food boxes and bags are tightly closed in your kitchen.
Drains in sinks and floor drains can collect debris and food waste that attracts pests and provides a breeding site for insects such as flies. Inspect sinks, bathtubs, laundry rooms and basements.
Keep recyclables away
Keep your stored recyclables away from the home before trash day. Old cans, especially if not rinsed out, can attract insects and rodents. Make sure your garbage cans have tight-fitting lids.
Keep a clean home
A clean home is less attractive to pests. Clean homes leave fewer places to hide and breed. They provide fewer sources of food.
We hope these tips help you keep pests out of your home.
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