Homeowner Tips to Prevent Pests from Getting Inside
Pests can find their way into our homes through avenues that are so tiny or hidden from our sight that we don’t even know they exist.
For most homeowners, home security is one of the highest priorities, but keeping your home safe from unwanted intruders means you have to think beyond just locks and alarm systems. Whether you live in an urban area or in the countryside, an array of wildlife and common pests are waiting to make your home their own.
The best way to help fight these pests, termites and weeds is to arm yourself with the right information. By understanding the conditions, avenues and sources of pests and how they operate will help you protect your biggest investment and prevent seasonal pest problems.
Homeowner Tips to Prevent Pests:
- Outside doors must be well-sealed.
- If light can be seen around or under a door, then insects can gain access inside your home.
- Repair torn screens.
- Screens are a prime entry point for pests.
- Seal around soffits and gable vents.
- This keeps rodents and insects from getting inside the roof or attic space.
- Seal around conduits and piping where it enters the structure.
- Many insects and rodents follow power lines or climb conduits and pipes to get inside your home.
- Check gutter drains to ensure water is kept away from your home.
- This helps discourage moisture build-up adjacent to your home.
- Remove excess leaves from the roof and rain gutters.
- This keeps ants and other insects from breeding under the build-up.
- Caulk all cracks and crevices.
- Check and seal under window frames and around pipes entering the side of your home to keep insects from entering.
- Keep trash cans clean and lids sealed.
- This keeps ants, roaches and flies from feeding and breeding in the trash.
- Keep the garage door closed and ensure weather stripping is in good condition.
- This is one of the most common avenues that pest use to enter your home.
- Prune excess vegetation away from your home.
- Pay special attention to eaves and the roof.
- Remove wood debris and keep woodpiles away from your home’s foundation.
- This helps prevent rodent nesting or insect colonization next to your home.
- Ensure your irrigation system is functioning properly.
- Make sure water doesn’t accumulate near the foundation or spray onto your home.
- Guide air conditioner drip lines away from the foundation.
- Extend the piping at least 2 feet.
Massey’s Pest Prevention program will identify and eliminate these avenues and other unseen entry points during our quarterly visits.