What to Do to Keep Outdoor Pests out of Your Home

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(Newswire.net — May 2, 2016) — Having pests invade your home can be a real nightmare, but getting rid of them can cause a headache and cost a lot of money. That’s why homeowners should take steps year round to keep those creeping, crawling, critters at bay. There are a number of things that homeowners can do to reduce the likelihood of infestation by pests. However, there are times when calling in a professional pest control company makes the most sense. That’s because dealing with pests can sometimes be hazardous to your health and sanity if you do not have the proper equipment and are not properly trained.

Examine Your Home’s Exterior

Preventing pests from getting into your home is usually much easier and less expensive than getting them out. This is why it is essential for homeowners to periodically inspect the exterior of their homes to ensure there are no places for pests to enter the house. Check your home’s exterior walls and look closely to see if any light is coming in. Feeling for air that may come in will help you to detect cracks and crevices you cannot see. Holes the size of a dime can let in rats, roaches, ants and other pests while holes that are six inches wide can let in squirrels and raccoons. Make sure to seal the base and edges of the walls completely.

Check All Windows And Doors

Many pests enter homes through gaps in door and window frames. Use caulk or foam to seal window and door frames. Installing screens can also help keep pests out. If you already have screens, check them for tears and cracks periodically and replace them if they are torn. It does not take much for a pest to sneak in.

Install Screens On All Vents

One entry point that many pests use to get into people’s homes is vents. The same holes that let out hot air from your clothes dryer and air cleaning equipment can let critters into your home. Installing screens on the outside of all your vents will help to keep pests out.

Control Garden Pests

Having plants close to your house can provide a place for pests to hide as they wait to sneak into an open door or window. Keep plants one to two feet away from your home. Make sure to keep your lawn trimmed low. Pests can also nest in toys piled up against your house before making their way inside, so make sure there are no toys piled up against your house.

Double Check All Repairs

Many appliances like dishwashers and water heaters have pipes which run from the outside, through the wall, and into your home. When the pipes or appliances are being installed or repaired, small gaps can be left where they pass through the wall. Those gaps can be a superhighway for pests. After installations or repairs, make sure the area around the pipes and vents are sealed using caulk or foam.

Be Vigilant

Usually, an invasion of pests begins when one or two are able to sneak into your home. Stay alert and check your exterior walls, doors, and window frames periodically for signs of infestation by insects or other pests. Droppings or dead bugs are indicators that pests are present. Attacking them early can prevent them from breeding and taking up residence in your home.

Identify The Intruder

Identifying the pest that has invaded your home is essential. It informs you of what method must be used to get rid of them. Take pictures of any dropping, nests, or other signs of pests before removing them. Show it to the people at the hardware store or local pest control professional. They will help you identify the pest and show you the best options for getting rid of them.

Create An Eradication Plan

Pests have survived for billions of years because they are sneaky and know what to do to stay alive, so getting rid of them requires planning. Consult with a pest control professional and do all the research you can. This will tell you the traps, sprays, baits, and other options you have in order to rid your home of pests. Make a step by step plan and follow through. Remember, evolution has equipped pests with effective survival tools, but it has also provided you with a superior brain. Make sure to use it wisely when it comes to battling pests.

Let The Professionals Handle It

Even with their superior human intellect, there are times when people are not able to rid their homes of pests themselves. An infestation by large animals, termites, carpenter ants, rodents, bed bugs, and many more can prove to be a clear and present danger to the home and the people who live inside of it. There is no need to get bitten by a squirrel or handle dangerous traps or poisons. If the pests are too much of a problem, call in the professionals.


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