Keeping Unwanted Guests Away

Summer is a great time for entertaining. There are, however, some unwelcome guests.

Pest infestations are more than a nuisance. The cost of a pest infestation for a home owner is to fold: treating; the existing pest problem and the cost to correct the damage that has been done.

Here are some steps you can take now to help keep your home pest-free for years to come.

Inside Your Home
  • Starve them out - keep a tight lid on the trash and empty it often. Clean up spills immediately and store food such as cereal, flour and sugar in plastic containers rather than in their original packaging.
  • Dry them out - some pests, such as cockroaches, can survive a long time without food, but need water more often to survive. To shut off their supply, be sure to fix leaky faucets, dishwashers, and washing machines immediately and empty plant pots of excess water. 
  • Keep them out -seal cracks and openings along baseboards, behind sinks, and around pipes and windows. Repair holes in door and window screens.
Outside Your Home
  • Look for cracks and holes on the outside of your home and seal them up. Be sure to include points where utility lines enter the house. Also address damage to the basement foundation and windows. 
  • Check your landscaping. Rake mulch away from the base of your home and keep it to a minimum to allow for adequate drainage. Trim back tree branches and bushes so they do not make contact with the house. Remove tree stumps from your yard.
  • Keep firewood piles stacked outside of your home neat, away from the house and off the ground. 
  • Make sure basements and attics are well ventilated and dry. 
  • Check the roof for any rotted or decaying shingles and also check that your gutters are free of debris.

These simple steps now can save you a lot of headache and money down the road from these unwanted visitors.