As the temperature drops, we comfy up inside our fantastic, warm houses. Tragically, so do bugs and rodents.
If the intruders are as little as a ground dwelling insect or as large as a group of skunks, your best barrier against bugs is close their passage ways into your home. Here’s what to do.
- Asses the Exterior
- Concentrate on windows and entryways
- Put screens on vents
- Control your garden and plants
- Double-check repairs
- Monitor the enemy
- Identify the intruder
- Create a Plan
- Know when to hire a professional
Along with these tips here are a few more ideas that will help you combat these pesky pests:
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well-trimmed.
- If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem.