Pest Proofing Your Home
Almost all pest and rodent infestations begin outside buildings. Pests enter through holes and cracks in the home’s exterior. How a home is constructed can greatly affect which pest problems you experience. Here are some tips for “pest-proofing” in and around your home to reduce pest infestations on the inside:
- Reduce shelters such as piles of bricks or lumber and leaf litter
- Keep ground cover at least 18″ from the home’s foundation
- Trim trees and shrubs so they do not touch the home
- Use yellow “bug lights” to attract fewer insects
- Ventilate the spaces under decks and sheds
- Don’t keep pet food outside on patios or decks
- Keep pets either in or out. Dogs and cats that run in and out are more likely to carry fleas into the house.
- Keep kitchen and food areas clean but wiping up spills and crumbs promptly
- Always store food including pet food in sealed containers
- Keep gutters unclogged and repair any areas that have poor drainage
- Repair leaks in and around the home
- Ventilate the attic and basement crawlspace to minimize excess moisture and humidity
- CALL US for a pest inspection!
To learn more about specific pests or keeping your home pest-free visit our National Pest Management Association website:www.pestworld.org.
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