Here are some simple things you can do to help prevent pests from getting into your home.
- Keep air conditioning filters clean. Dirty filters can lead to moisture buildup, which is a magnet for pests.
- Check for plumbing leaks and seal gaps around pipes. Do this everywhere, but especially behind cabinetry. Water shouldn’t be allowed to accumulate anywhere in or around your home.
- Check grout around bathtubs and toilets. A good caulk seal assures that even the smallest insects can’t enter your home.
- Clear your attic of clutter. Clearing out clutter and sealing cardboard boxes prevents pests from nesting inside them.
- Store food in tightly sealed containers or in the refrigerator. This cuts off potential food sources for pests.
- Don’t leave pet food or water out overnight. This eliminates a possible food source during a time period when pest activity increases.
- Outside doors must be well sealed. If you can see light from 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 other pests from getting inside your 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 buildup adjacent to your home.
- Remove excess leaves from the roof and rain gutters. This keeps ants and other pests from breeding under the buildup.
- Keep trash cans clean and lids sealed. This helps keep ants, roaches and flies from feeding and breeding in the trash.
- Keep the garage door closed and make sure weather stripping is in good condition. Worn weather stripping may be an avenue for pests to get inside your home.
- Remove wood debris and keep woodpiles away from your home’s foundation. This helps prevent rodent nesting or insect colonization.
- Ensure your irrigation system is functioning properly. Make sure water doesn’t puddle near the foundation or spray onto your home.
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