Termites are famous for causing huge damages to wood and structures. Although it is not possible to make a home bug proof completely, there are many ways in which one can prevent pest infestation using effective and safe termite control methods.
You can prevent pest infestation by trying to keep bugs out and taking measures to make your home inhospitable for bugs that might enter your home rarely.
Here are some effective ways in which you can keep pests out of your home:
- Put screens in all windows and doors
Install screen doors in your home. Replace or repair the damaged or torn window screens. Get fine mesh screens to prevent even the smallest insects from getting into your home.
- Seal all the doors
If your doors allow light and air to pass through, they would also let bugs in. Install door sweeps and thresholds that fit tightly to exterior doors’ bottom. Fill gaps at the sides and top of the doors with a door seal.
- Seal all cracks in fascia boards, exterior walls and foundation of your home
Cracks in exterior walls can easily allow insects to get into the home. Conduct a thorough inspection of your home and seal the crack well if you find any.
- Seal gaps around appliance vents and utility lines
Minute gaps around the telephone line, gas line, and dryer vent can allow insects to enter your home easily. Put caulk on all crevices in the exterior. You may also seal the gaps from the inside with spray foam. Sealing of gaps and cracks can help you in pest control to a great extent.
- Place critter-proof mesh in crawl spaces and vents inside attics
Birds, mice, squirrels, and raccoons may also enter your home through attics and crawl spaces if there are no barriers to prevent them from getting in. Such animals may have mites, fleas and other pests, which may infest your home.
- Fix leaks to lessen moisture
Most insects need a humid environment to survive. Moisture sources attract pests. Repair all the plumbing leaks in your home, even the ones that are very minor.
Condensation on pipelines may lead to dripping of water, thereby creating suitable places for pests. If the crawl space or basement accumulates water at times of heavy rains, pests may get in. Hence, build a good drainage system.
- Keep the kitchen clean
Bugs find those places appealing that have food and water. Always keep the kitchen neat and clean. Clean the spills immediately, sweep the floor and wipe up crumbs. Clean the dishes at night itself, instead of keeping them inside the sink overnight.
Clean the microwave, toaster, and stovetop regularly. Throw any packages and food scraps.
- Seal food items tightly
If you often find pests in your kitchen, take steps to remove the food sources from the access of insects. It is important to store food items like rice, grains and cereals in air-tight containers. Store the open food containers in your refrigerator.
These are some effective steps you can take for pest control in your home. A pest-free home is healthy and hygienic for living.