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

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