In addition to signing up for a comprehensive pest prevention program, such as Lewis Cobb’s Control One pest package, there are a number of simple tips that any homeowner can follow to minimize risks for pest exposure and infestation, both indoors and out:
- Promptly repair any water leaks and moisture problems in the roof, attic, walls, bathroom and sink areas.
Bugs love moisture and humidity, so minimizing opportunities for standing water to collect will make your overall pest prevention efforts easier to maintain.
- Caulk around windows, doors and any plumbing or wiring entry points on exterior walls.
It’s important to find and eliminate possible insect entry points in your home. Closing these areas off permanently can greatly reduce the amount of small pests, such as ants, that enter through tiny holes or cracks found in nearly every home.
- Periodically move items away from interior garage walls for inspection and cleaning.
Bugs like to hide in cool, dark places where their chances of being found are minimal. For this reason, it is essential to regularly rotate stored goods and “freshen up” bug-friendly areas, like garages and attics.
- Do not store firewood in your garage.
Firewood is a safe-haven for bugs and pests. Storing your firewood in a garage, or even an enclosed porch, may be inviting pests into your family’s environment. Simply move your woodpile outdoors. It may also be beneficial to keep your wood supply to a minimum, and replenish it more regularly.
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed back from the roof and exterior walls.
Keeping the immediate perimeter of your home clear from tree limbs, greenery and shrubs is an excellent way to keep critters at bay. Dangling branches, piled up leaves, and mulch that rests against your home all create inviting spaces for bugs to live and breed.
- Divert sprinkler spray away from exterior walls and foundation.
As we mentioned above, bugs love moisture. Keeping the outside walls of your home, as well as the foundation it rests on, as dry as possible will aid in your pest prevention and pest control efforts.
- Keep wood-based items, such as firewood, scrap lumber, fencing and planter boxes from coming in contact with exterior siding.
In addition to moisture, pests also have an affinity for wood and keeping anything made out of this material a safe distance from your home should reduce the possibility for pest entry or infestation.