Pest Prevention Tips From Professional Home Inspectors

Pest Prevention Tips From Professional Home Inspectors

Nothing ruins a barbeque like a swarm of cockroaches. Nothing ruins a picnic like a scourge of mosquitoes. And nothing ruins a morning like a line of ants attacking the furniture in your house. Pests infestation can seriously affect your health and can lead to structural damage to your property. Having said that, every homeowner has to cope with the pets and insects in their house eventually. But that doesn’t mean you have to fret.  

Enlisted below are a few ways to eradicate and deter these little beasts.

Seal Every Opening They Could Squeeze Through

The presence of pests in your home means that they are entering from somewhere. Therefore, your first line of defense is to make it difficult for the pests to find an entry to your home. You can do this by blocking possible entrances with wire mesh. You must also have a look at your home’s exterior. Are there any gaps around the doors? Are there any cracks or opening? You will have to patch them up to prevent entry. Some entrances to your home are always meant to be there, like chimneys and air vents. For such entries, you must use special caps or screens.

Clean Your Kitchen

A mountain of crumbs on your kitchen floor or counter is like a trunk of fortune for the ants and other insects. You can stop their game of treasure hunt by making sure there is no fortune for them in the kitchen. Sweep your floors, wipe your counter floors, throw away the spoiled food, and take out the trash regularly. 

Get Rid of Standing Water

Standing water is an invitation for mosquitoes to start their family. Reduce the number of breeding sites on your property by reducing the amount of standing water. Walk your property to check for standing water. Some places to look include rain spouts, potholes, tree holes, discarded cans, and old tires. You must also check for leaks near your air conditioning unit.

Check Your Windows and Screens

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Bugs and pets look for imperfections around the windows and doors to enter in. If you are moving into a new home, make sure you opt for a pre-purchase inspection in your home’s siding and exterior. Before you settle in your new home, you should also want to check your screens for any holes.

Maintain Your Yard

Overgrowth in your yard is perfect housing for pests. So, keep your landscaping maintained by trimming the bushes and trees near your house, raking up the debris, and weeding the unwanted plants.  Also, don’t let vegetables and fruits go overly ripe. Make sure you eat them. If you don’t, the fruit flies will cast their spell, and it will become difficult to eliminate them.

Don’t Throw Meat Outside Soon

If you think your garbage will not be picked up within the next 48 hours, avoid throwing meat scraps in it. The rotting meat in the scorching summer sun can become a breeding ground for unwanted pests, that can invade your yard alarmingly fast.

Inspect Outdoor Furniture

You have probably heard those stories wherein the exotic spiders hiding inside bananas make their way into a person’s home. Thankfully, such cases are rare. Yet, what’s not rare is spiders creating their web on your swing set. Make sure you thoroughly inspect your outdoor furniture for spider webs and egg sacks. If you see them, remove them immediately. Also, don’t bring the outside inside. If you have to bring your outside table inside, make sure you thoroughly wipe it first.

Worried about pests this season?

Contact home inspection services to help you identify pests in your home and provide you with tips to get rid of them.