Preventing Pests in Your Home this SpringIn Spring on April 3, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Written by admin
The spring season has finally descended on the Chicago area with outdoor life starting to stir once again. However, this also means that common household pests are coming out of their overwintering sites to look for food and water which may lead them inside your home. It is recommended that as the weather gets warmer, homeowners should pest proof their homes inside and out to avoid unwanted infestations. By following these pest proofing tips, you can keep common pests such as ants, roaches, termites, stinging insects, and many others from invading your home.
Pest proofing should occur both inside and outside the home. The following are common pest proofing tasks split in to indoor and outdoor tasks.
Outdoor Pest Proofing:
- Inspect the entire exterior of your home to locate any potential entry points for pests; looking for cracks in the foundation or holes near windows and utility pipes. Small openings can be sealed with silicone-based caulk and steel wool is effective for closing off larger gaps.
- Look for any possible signs of termite damage that may include mud tubes, soft wood, wood that sounds hollow when tapped, and bubbling paint.
- Mow the lawn with the blade set at a low height and keep branches, shrubs, and other plants trimmed so they are not up against the house.
- Make sure your gutters are cleared of debris so that water does not gather and provide a breeding ground.
- Make sure to replace rotting roof shingles and fascia as the deteriorating wood could attract some insects.
- Worn out weather stripping should be replaced and loose mortar around the foundation and windows should be repaired.
- Install screens on windows, attic vents, and chimney openings and check existing screens for holes or tears.
- Make sure your downspouts and gutters are directing water away from your home and locate and fix any leaks from faucets, pipes, or AC units.
- Keep firewood 20 feet or more from the house.
- Lay mulch no closer than 15 feet to the foundation.
Indoor Pest Proofing:
- Regularly take out the trash and keep garbage cans sealed.
- Sweep the floors and wipe down the counters in your kitchen to clean food crumbs and residue from spills. Make sure all food is well sealed.
- Vacuum your home regularly.
- If you have pets, keep their bowls clean and wipe up any spills they cause. Dry pet food should be stored in a sealed plastic container to keep pests out.
- Ask your vet about preventative flea and tick treatments for your dog or cat.
- Check for moisture leaks around sinks and plumbing fixtures and fix pipes that are leaking. It may be a good idea to use a dehumidifier in damp areas of the home such as basements or attics.
Once a pest has established itself within your home, it can be much more difficult to eliminate. It is important to follow these steps to prevent pest infestations from happening in your home this spring. If you discover an infestation in your home, contact Green T Pest Control immediately. Our trained and licensed technicians can treat any type of infestation.Comment »