As summer begins to fade, a new season brings different pest challenges. Now is the perfect time to prevent pests from coming indoors with another round of pest-proofing. Use these five tips to keep pests out.
- Reduce entry points
Caulk or seal cracks or holes along the foundation and around windows to keep pests from sneaking indoors.
- Eliminate moisture problems
Pests — including termites — are attracted to moisture, which they need to survive. Clean out clogged gutters to draw water away from your home. On the inside, keep basements, attics and crawl spaces dry and well-ventilated.
- Replace weather-stripping
Replacing loose mortar and weather-stripping around the basement foundation and windows not only can help with pests but also keep cold air out of your home.
- Eliminate pest shelter around the home
While we all love to snuggle up by the fire on a chilly fall day, we don’t want to harbor pests close to our homes. Store firewood at least 20 feet from the foundation, rake up leaves and keep shrubs well-trimmed so termites don’t have a place to hide.
- Inspect items before bringing them indoors
Before bringing items like packages, grocery bags and fall decor indoors, inspect them to ensure no pests are hiding.
Before it gets cold outside, make sure your home isn’t welcoming in pests; contact your local pest management professionals for help.