It’s safe to say that, when it comes to pest control, prevention is key. During the summer months, we spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. Sharing that space with Mother Nature’s creatures is part of that experience, but when it comes to pests, the comfort, safety, and health of our family must come first.
To ensure entry to your home is not as easy as walking in the front door, start there. If light can be seen through a shut door to the outside, insects can get in. Be sure to weatherstrip and or caulk these gaps.
Also, check caulk and grout seals on windows and in bathrooms around pipes, toilets, appliances, and any wires that come through the walls. This will also help with your heating and air conditioning bills as well as prevent damage to your home from moisture.
Moisture not only can ruin wood and cause mold, but it also attracts pests. Be sure to remove or refill any freestanding water including slow-moving drains and house plants.
Unfortunately, there are many more ways that pests can enter your home. It is important to check screens on your windows to make sure that there are no tears and that they are securely in place. If you have a chimney on your house, make sure there is a working chimney cap attached.
Check any grocery bags or boxes that you may be bringing into the house as well as plants and garbage containers. Nothing is worse than discovering you gave the insects a free ride right into your kitchen.
Another preventative method is as easy as keeping food in tightly sealed containers. If insects or rodents cannot find food, they will not linger. Baking products such as sugar and flour as well as cereals and other boxed or bagged products should be safeguarded in this way.
Clutter and unsanitized surfaces help to house and feed insects, making them that much more comfortable to rapidly reproduce.
The best way to effectively control bugs and prevent mice and other rodents from infesting your yard is to understand what brings them into the environment in the first place.
Once you understand how to prevent bugs and other pests, you will have a better grasp on how to control bugs and rodents. Because of the danger many of these pests pose, you can keep your family safe by consulting with a professional pest management service that is familiar with your area and the types of pests that pose a threat.
Regular preventive pest control treatments can greatly reduce the incidence of infestation, or eradicate them altogether.
Professional exterminators understand which strategies work best for which pests in your area, and will ensure the safety and well-being of you and your family, so you can get on with enjoying your summer.