How To Pest Proof Your Home and Save

As the weather begins to turn warmer, homeowners may notice an increase in the various types of pests beginning to appear around their homes on a regular basis. Humans aren’t the only ones that appreciate the warmer temps – insects and rodents do too! There’s an assortment of things you can do to pest proof your home this time of year. Take the following preventative measures and you’ll be ahead of any problems that could develop.

Open doors let pests fly in

Ways to Pest Proof your Home

Close Your Windows & Doors

No matter what type of pest it is, from the tiniest to the largest, they gain entry into your home and garage the same way you do – through the doors. Make sure your windows close tightly and your doors provide a tight seal when they are closed. If you like letting the fresh air in then consider having screen doors installed. Check your garage door to be sure it goes the whole way to the floor when it’s closed. Replace any seals if needed.

Seal Up Openings

Do a thorough inspection of your foundation, door jams, dryer vents outlets, outdoor electrical boxes and water spigots for gaps or other potential entry points. Seal up any openings you may find using a caulk made for outdoor use. Some people have had good luck using steel wool to keep rodents out.

Fix those holes in screens

Repair or Replace Screens

If you have any holes in your window or door screens you should have them replaced or repaired. You may not think insects can find their way through these holes but they can.

Eliminate Standing Water

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant standing water. Prevent your birdbaths from becoming breeding grounds by cleaning them weekly and refilling with fresh water. If you have low spots in your yard that collect water have them filled in with topsoil. Bags of topsoil can be purchased at garden centers or you can have a local landscape company come by to do it.

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Other Access Points

Chimney vents and crawl spaces are two spots that a homeowner may never give a second thought about. To be pro-active in protecting against pets it’s important that both of these have wire mesh of some type over the openings to prevent entry.

We know these tips will help you to keep pests out of and away from your home. Some years it does seem like an ongoing battle but it’s one every homeowner faces. If things get out of hand or you’re concerned by what you’re seeing, don’t hesitate to give Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators a call at 910-254-9443. We’d be happy to come to your home or business and take a look at the situation and talk with you about how we can help.

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