Pest Prevention Tips:
Tips from a Pest Professional
- Keep tree branches trimmed and away from the house.
- Stack firewood and lumber away from the house to eliminate harborage for rodents, spiders, carpenter ants and centipedes.
- Remove old tires from the yard that can fill up with water and provide a breeding ground for pests.
- Clean out gutters thoroughly especially after the fall when a majority of leaves have fallen. Make sure gutters and downspouts are unclogged.
- Keep windows properly screened.
- If any food is consumed in bedrooms, remove dishes immediately after use.
- Vacuum frequently.
- Seal window frames.
- Keep garage door closed to prevent entry by wildlife and birds. Be sure to keep this area clean to reduce pest hiding places.
- Keep shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
- Inspect boxes, grocery bags and other packaging thoroughly to curb hitchhiking insects from entering the home.
- Pull soil or mulch back from the foundation of the house to reduce chances of infestation by termites.
- Seal food containers.
- Avoid letting trash or recycling pile up in outside bins. Keep bins closed.
- Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
- Water should be channeled from downspouts away from your foundation.
- Repair leaky pipes.
- Seal up small cracks, holes and crevices in visible areas and in hidden areas such as under kitchen sink.
- Wipe counters frequently to remove any food debris; seal all food on counters such as baked goods.
- Pay particular attention to the maintenance and upkeep of your home’s foundation. Moisture problems can occur causing major pest issues for home’s with basements or crawlspaces.
- Seal up cracks and crevices especially around pipes and wiring.
- Seal up any cracks and holes on the outside of your home including areas where utilities and pipes enter your home. Screen crawl space vents.
- Store pet goods in sealed plastic containers. Be sure and limit the amount of time the food is out.