Guest Post by Terminix
Whether you are thinking about how you can give your home proper termite protection or you are currently simply trying to exercise a little preemptive pest control, you’ll find that there are certain habits that you simply need to take up. Winter and fall are two seasons when your home can get swamped with pests unless you are careful, so consider these tips for keeping your home pest free!
Check your Screens
Ripped screens are a fairly common way for a wide variety of pests to get into your home. For example, spiders, mice, and even rats can come in through torn screen doors, and once they are in, they are hard to get out!
Seal Cracks and Crevices
Walk around the edges of your rooms and look for small cracks or gaps between the wall and the floor. These gaps allow insects like roaches and carpet beetles into your home. Seal them with silicone caulk, which will expand and contract as the house does.
Pick Up Brush
When you want to be very thorough regarding your pest control, take a moment to pick up the brush around your yard. Twigs and debris give cover to small insects and mammals, allowing them to move easily and without fear into your yard.
Clean Up Food
Always pick up any food that you have lying out. Rodents, roaches, and fruit flies are all drawn to food left out. Keep your food in resalable containers. Paper packages can be gnawed to pieces by rodents, and the air-tight seal prevents very small insects from crawling in.
Get Rid of Garbage
Move the garbage in your wastebaskets to the garbage can on a regular basis. Most people have a very out of sight, out of mind mentality when it comes to trash, but it can still attract pests.
Crumbs and debris on the floor attract pests of all kinds. Even if you don’t consider the tiny crumbs food, rest assured that there are plenty of animals that do!
Check the Weather Stripping
As the cool weather sets in, make sure that you check the weather stripping on your doors and your windows. Roaches, mites and other crawling animals can easily push under the sills and gain entry to your home.
Move the Firewood Pile
One way to get a little bit of termite protection and also a fair degree of protection from rodents is to move your woodpile. Your wood pile is home to all sorts of animals, most of which you do not want in your house. If you push the woodpile back until it is at least twenty feet from your home, you make it much harder for them to come inside.
Take Care of Moisture Problems
Make sure that you take a look at any drains that might be leaking. Termites are attracted to moisture, and a drain left dripping in the fall can result in a termite swarm by spring! Spare yourself a termite treatment cost and take care of this issue now.
Consult the Professionals
If you are worried about dealing with an infestation, consult with the professionals as soon as you can. The sooner you take care of a problem, the smaller the eventual cost will be. Even termite treatment cost can be lessened by early detection.
Author Bio: Rose McMillan is an experienced pest control professional from Long Island, NY. She was worked with multiple pest control companies and now wants to share her knowledge with others through blogging. You can contact her via Twitter: @pwipm_rose. Her references and resources provided by Terminix Library.
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