One of the less exciting aspects of homeownership is the layers of home maintenance. Pest management is a major factor in home maintenance. To avoid major pest infestations and major repair bills, it is best to take simple steps to make your home uninviting to pests and rodents. Here are simple DIY tips you can follow to protect your home throughout the year.
Remove Standing Water and Fix Leaks
Bugs and insects love water. Any source of standing, or dripping, water will attract pests. Of course, any roof leaks and damage should be immediately repaired to avoid structural damage. However, even water sitting in lawn furniture, plant containers, and children’s toys will attract bugs – including mosquitos and cockroaches. Saturated woods will even attract carpenter ants and termites. Remove standing water and you will reduce your risk of pest infestation all year long.
A Simple DIY is to Store Food Properly
Just like water, food attracts bugs and rodents. If you have food sources near your home, including trash, birdseed, and even fruit trees and vegetable gardens, you are inviting pests and rodents into your home. Keep birdfeeders and gardens at least 100 feet away from your home. Some experts recommend putting fencing or netting around gardens. Keep pet food in tightly sealed containers and only leave food out when your pet is eating. If you have a party or BBQ, make sure you throw food away properly and do not leave plates of food out overnight.
Another Simple DIY Is To Keep Your Yard Maintained
Debris from your yard, including leaf piles, branches, and overgrown bushes, plants, and trees attract pests and rodents. When piles of debris pile up in your yard, your yard becomes a safe haven for insects and rodents looking for food and protection. Pileups under decks and porches are especially inviting to rodents looking for places to keep warm, and even breed, through the winter into the spring. Not only are well-maintained yards more esthetically pleasing, but they are also less inviting to unwanted guests.
Seal Up Cracks On Your Home
As homes settle, tiny cracks and crevices may appear. May it be on the foundation, near windows or doors, these tiny openings are welcome mats for pests. Although they are nearly impossible for us to see, many insects are so tiny, they can slip into your home easily. Take a walk around your home and fill in cracks, holes, and gaps with compounds cement or caulk. Some experts recommend focusing on interior cracks and crevices.
Contact A Local Pest Management Company
It is always valuable to consult with a local pest control or pest management company to ensure you are setting your home up to be safe and pest free. If you take the correct DIY precautions, a local pest control company may be able to treat the perimeter of your home as a second line of defense. A good pest technician will also be able to offer other good tips you can take to defend your home against insects and other invasible pests. To schedule a free consultation, call 925-240-5100 or schedule your appointment with us online.
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