COVID-19 has kept us all in the comfort of our homes. But how comfortable is your home when it is shared with pests that are common during this time of the year? We’ve seen an influx of rodents, ants, roaches, just to name a few. Follow these expert recommendations to make your home an unwelcoming place for bugs and unwanted pests.
Make A Pest Check
Take the time to do a seasonal check around your property. Look for small cracks in your home’s foundation, small holes in the roof, or other tiny crevices can be an invitation to mice, squirrels, rats, bugs, and other pests to enter into your home. It is also a good idea to look at entryways and windows to ensure there are no openings that insects and rodents can crawl through.
If you make a seasonal check, you can seal up any openings before you have uninvited guests.
Move Wood Piles, Cardboard, or Debris
Small animals, rodents, and snakes take shelter in dark, moist, and cool areas. This makes woodpiles, soil piles, mulch, and even cardboard boxes very inviting to pests. It is best to move woods piles away from the home, clean up debris around your home. With delivery services such as amazon gaining much popularity, remember to dispose of cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes create a great space for rodents to nest and sleep. Piles of cardboard boxes are inviting to pests as they can be used to keep warm, hide, and even dull their teeth by chewing on the cardboard.
Trim Trees Around Your Home
As desirable as large shade trees can be, especially during the summer months, they can become a problem if they grow too big near our homes. When large tree branches touch your home, animals such as rats, raccoons, and squirrels use branches as a bridge from the tree to your roof. The animals can then make it into your attic and crawl spaces and cause interior damage, including chewing through wires causing major fire risks. Cut back overhanging branches to remove a possible point of entry.
Secure Containers Indoors and Outdoors
Make sure that garbage and recycling containers are sealed and placed away from your home. If you compost, think about doing it in a closed-top bing and keep it away from your house. To pests, these containers with an abundance of inviting food particles is like a buffet. Keep all food sources in places that are not accessible, or inviting to unwanted pests.
Work With A Local Pest Control Company
Even if you are not aware of an infestation or a pest control problem in your home, it is smart to have a professional inspect and treat your home before one does occur. A professional can also look for problems with termites, bed bugs or rodents that might not be so easily visible. Our team of technicians at Aantex Pest Control is highly trained and knowledgeable about the most common pest and rodent problems in our area. Call our staff at 1-800-471-5555 to schedule your free inspection today.
Call our Brentwood office at 925-240-5100 to schedule your pest control consult today.