As a homeowner, one of your concerns may be how pests are able to get into your home without your knowledge. Thankfully, there are some easy things that you can do to keep your home pest-free if you know how they are attracted to your home and how they find a way in.
Fix Leaks As Soon As Possible
Many common pests, such as termites and ants, tend to find a way into a home through wood that is damp and soft. You should take steps to prevent these leaks from happening as quickly as you can, because it can be a main entrance point for these pests. For example, if you have a basement window that has rotting wood around it, you need to take steps to fix the problem of why water is getting in.
Mice can squeeze through the smallest cracks in your home's foundation. Perform an inspection around your home and see if you can identify those small cracks that are allowing them to get in. They will need to be properly sealed, since small mice can get into holes as small as a pencil. These may be left behind from old cables going into your home that were ripped out but not properly sealed.
Ventilation pipes will need to have mesh covers over them so that pests cannot get through. Look at the pipes where your laundry room or other exhaust pipes leave your home, and make sure that they are covered properly and not damaged.
Pests tend to get to your roof from the nearby trees. They will actually jump from the tree to your roof, then look for a weak spot where they can enter. Consider trimming back your trees so that it won't be easy for pests to make that leap to your rooftop. You can also install a collar around trees that makes it difficult for pests to climb up the trunk of the trees since they cannot grip onto the smooth surface.
Cover Your Trash
Open trash cans are going to attract pets to your home, where they will try to find a way inside for more food. Don't leave trash bags outside in the open, and keep them in a covered trash can instead.
Move Your Firewood
It may be convenient to keep firewood near your home for easy access, but that wood can attract pests as well. Try to keep it as far away from your home as possible, with it ideally being on the back part of your property.
For more information about pest control services, contact companies like Environmental Services Pest Control.
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