As temperatures start to ease down, and the summer season slowly transitions into fall, there are but many other things that also come out of the woodwork - in particular, pests. These creepy crawlers know that by staying indoors (and close to a food source), they are ensured of survival through the cold months. Usually, the culprit are small crevices, hardly visible to the human eye. A good seasonal maintenance check is all it takes to make sure your humble abode is kept fully intact and pest-free. Here are a couple of things you can do to help ensure that:
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both. Also, pay attention to windows, doors, siding, behind chimneys and underneath the wood fascia for openings.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
- Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests.
- Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
- If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
Credit: National Pest Management Association (NPMA)