Pests are a year round problem. With each season comes a new pest to combat. When it comes to combating pests throughout the season similar rules often apply. For those who are seeking tips on pest proofing their home, Effective Pest Services will share the basic rules of pest control that you can apply to help keep multiple types of pests out of your home.
What Should You Do Outdoors to Prevent a Pest Infestation?
There is a lot of work to do outside of your home to help prevent pests. Most pests start outside and will want to invade your home for food, water or shelter. You will first want to secure the outside of your home. Start with maintaining a clean yard and keep plants trimmed. Basically, avoid over growth. Too many pests love overgrown vegetation. Maintaining a well groomed yard is a good step in reducing the amount of pests outside your home. Additionally, avoid having clutter and debris around the outside of your home, including firewood. You should stack your firewood away from the home. Pests will be drawn to clutter, firewood stacks and all other debris. Lastly, avoid feeding or watering pests outside your home for lengthy periods of time. Avoid leaving pet food outside when your pet is finished eating, and maintain outside plumbing so as not to provide a water source.
Seal Your House from Pests
Sealing your home will require outside and inside work depending on the home. However, it is very basic. You will want to inspect both inside and outside of your home and look for cracks, gaps and other entry points pests can use and seal them up. All external vents, such as dryer, and attic vents, may need to be covered with a fine mesh wiring to prevent pests from entering in or through the vents. The same goes for chimneys. Window and door frames should also be inspected and sealed. You may even need to replace weather stripping around doors. Cracks or gaps in walls, roofs, or the foundation of the home should be sealed with silicone caulking glue or a concrete mix to help keep pests out.
Remove Food & Water Sources that Attract Pests
All pests look for food, water and shelter. To control pests is to deny them these three things. Make sure to avoid leaving dirty dishes sitting in the sink for long periods, and avoid leaving a fruit or snack bowl out on the counters or table. Both provide an easy source of food. Also make sure to sweep up crumbs or discarded food off countertops and floors. It is recommended to organize your pantry and seal up all of your dry goods in air tight containers. Too many pests, including rodents, cockroaches and pantry pests find pantry goods appealing. After sealing up all of your food, go through your home and make sure you don’t have any dripping faucets or leaky plumbing.
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There will come a time when you will need professional help controlling pests. Since pests vary by season, having seasonal pest control can help protect your home. A pest control service can apply insecticide around the outside and inside edges of your home, and leave bait or traps for the seasonal pest. If you need help controlling pests, follow these basic steps and with the help of Effective Pest Services, you can have a pest free home. For all of your pest control needs, contact Effective Pest Services today.