are helpful tips to keep your house and property pest free.
Some are specific to certain insects, while others are just
general tips to cover a variety of problems.
All insects and rodents need moisture to survive.
Subterranean termites will eat most hardwoods, but they must
have moisture to survive. Although they wander and can find
moisture from other sources, they must have a food source
which is why they are often found near a moisture source.
Carpenter ants are also pests associated with moisture
problems. They never nest in healthy dry wood. They will
seek out a window sill that has been damp from a leak or an
area near a water leak and nest there. Inspect your home and
fix any leaks or moisture problems.
Sealing (Entry Points)
It does not take a very big hole for an insect to gain
entry into your home and mice can enter through a hole the
size of a quarter. Especially check areas where phone, cable
or gas lines (etc..) enter your home. If you can see any
daylight seal it with caulk. Garage doors are notorious for
mouse entry points. Often the weather stripping wears out on
the corners. Replace them. Attic vents should have screens.
If they are missing or torn, replace them. They are a
favorite entry point for birds, squirrels, wasps and rats.
Porch and patio lights attract insects which in turn
attract spiders, their food source. Then when a door is left
open or the door is propped open while talking to a neighbor
or paying the pizza person, the insects and spiders sneak
in. Then you wonder why you suddenly have bugs. Try to help
with the problem by keeping doors properly sealed and closed
and if possible use yellow or non-insect attractive light
Keep all window and door screens in good shape. Any hole
or pulls should be repaired to prevent a variety of insects
Attics and garages are subject to clutter. Boxes and
various other storage items are all subject to infestations
of insects, spiders and rodents. Roaches and silverfish
especially like the corrugation in boxes to breed. Spiders
love to hide in areas that are rarely disturbed. Clutter
also makes it difficult to inspect and treat areas. We all
know it is difficult to avoid clutter. If at all possible,
use plastic sealed tubes to use for storage. Stack them at
least six inches away from baseboards to allow for
inspections or treatments.
Clogged gutters are a problem we deal with each fall. Many
times it is a chore we put off until the first heavy rain in
the spring when we see the excessive rain creating
waterfalls down the sides of the gutters. Not only does this
cause wood rot, but it is a breeding area for many insects
and other pests. Mosquitoes breed in standing water,
Carpenter ants have moist wood and birds and rodents have a
water source. Keep your gutters clean and make sure the
slope is such that they properly drain.
Trees or shrubs that touch or overhang your home are
runways for insects, squirrels and rats allowing easy access
into your residence. Carpenter ants are especially guilty of
this. Shrubs touching the house or windows allow a variety
of insects access to the windows, and they dont need much
space to fit through to gain entry into your home.
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