As the temperatures get colder in North Carolina and South Carolina we finally give way to pinching pennies and start to turn the heat up in our homes. Sitting warm and cozy in our homes gives us that safe and secure feeling. Similarly, what is lurking around to find a way into your homes are most creepy and crawly. As a result we will show you in a few easy steps how to pest proof your home!
1. Seal and repair openings
Check around your home for cracks and openings around the foundation. A lot of times these will be found around the plumbing fixtures, utility meters, and laundry vents along the sides of the homes. The frames of the door are a very important area to check as well, and sometimes may require the replacement of the weather stripping.
A few things needed to repair these areas are easily found at any home improvement store; steel wool, clear weatherproof caulk and a screen repair kit.
For the bigger gaps you find you will want to fill in with the steel wool before you proceed to caulk around the gap. Using a caulk tool or your finger push the caulk into the gap and smoothing it out to create a good seal.
2. Keep a dry home
Pests love moist areas, and your home can provide just what they like. Ensure you have no standing water around the foundation of the home. Gutters tend to get clogged and cause overflow near the foundation of the home instead of flowing it away from the home. Check for debris build up in the gutters.
3. Yard clean up
Since most of the leaves around the home have most likely fallen to the ground. Properly raking leaves and compost away from the home will help eliminate unwanted harborage areas from around your home.
Trees, shrubs or brushes that have overgrown and are touching the home or roof provide highway access for pests to the home. Ensure to trim these away from the home leaving a three to four inch gap from the home.
4. Keep firewood away
Make sure to properly store firewood away from the home. This is important for multiple reasons. Storing firewood next to the home will provide a prime condition for termites. Pests will harbor in wood during cool months leaving you bringing them into your home when storing wood inside.
Above all this may seem like a lot of work, and in reality who “really” wants to do this on their own. If you’re thinking the same you may want to get set up on Aruza Pest Controls annual program. Where we will do many of these steps to pest proof your home for you in our winter season service.
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Pests are not always inherently pests. Insects have both beneficial and unbeneficial aspects to them. Certain species actually eat other unwanted pest species, while others can decimate crops or invade your home to biblical levels. As is with everything in life, there are two sides to a coin and exceptions to a rule.
That said, most insects found inside a home or business are inherently seen as pests. They can damage properly, harm the residents, and even hurt resale value. These are all considerations taken into account when dealing with an invasive insect species inside a dwelling, but inherently at the end of the day… bugs just bug people.
Pro’s & Con’s
Now you are probably thinking “Why would an insect blog talk pro’s/con’s of insects… aren’t they all bad?”. As with all species on this planet, insects play a vital role in many aspects to the health of entire ecosystems. We live, and benefit off of such ecosystems. So inherently to some degree we are dependent of insects. Some ecosystem’s would entirely collapse without insect populations. Now that doesn’t mean you need to go all “Save the insects” for the creepy crawlies in your home. It is just important to understand the importance of insects. The better you understand something, the better you are equipped in managing it appropriately.
Mismanagement of treatment of pests inside a home or even for a large area can have disastrous and often unseen consequences. Depending on the species of insect, misusing or mistreating in a residence for pests can actually have the opposite effect for the particular nuisance species of bug in question. If you don’t understand the biology of the pest, life cycles, and characteristics then you may actually cause the household or residence to experience more of a problem then they originally had.
Even on a larger scale there are examples of how it is best to understand insects and their importance, as well as utilizing safe and informed practices in pest control. For example in the early 1950’s widespread use of powerful DDT agents sprayed haphazardly over large townships and cities without any control or thought led to many ecological disruptions and health hazards for an entire generation. We have learned since then to use safe pest control agents, and have also taken notes from natural chemicals used in nature to combat unwanted pests. To think that a chemical agent used back then could decimate populations of entire species of birds would have been unthinkable back then, but now we know better. America almost lost the Bald Eagle, a symbol for this country and a symbol for freedom due to uncareful regulation of pest control agents.
Thankfully in the United States we have learned from past mistakes. Today laws, regulations, and safety standards are implemented on National and by State level to ensure that pest control companies are utilizing safe and responsible treatment protocols for your home or business. The best companies often taking a personal initiative to educating themselves, and their customers so pest can be safely eliminated from the home.
Household pests don’t normally make a point of properly introducing themselves before moving in. Like most problematic and unwanted houseguests; Stepmothers notwithstanding; the more they make their intrusive presence known, the more they bug you. [Pun absolutely intended]
The real issue here is those pests which make a habit of having their presence remain unknown. Realistically most insects go out of their way to stay out of the way. In a world where everything is bigger than you and out to eat you, that seems like the logical course of action. This line of reasoning remains true inside your home as much as in the outside world. Many a critter in a home will go out of the way to stay out of sight. Many insects avoid light, sense vibrations to alert them, and remain active at night to avoid such encounters. These factors help ensure that it’s the pests that you don’t see which cause the biggest issues for homeowners.
Termites, fire ants, and a plethora of venomous bugs are all cases of common household pest species that you’d probably wish you had known were present earlier, rather than any unpleasant encounters later. Termites cause home damage, fire ants can harm small pets, and venomous bugs can be a threat to yourself as well as children.
Be proactive anytime you have the unhappy encounter of coming across a problematic pest inside your home. Once you know there is a problem, then you can treat that problem. The steps of identification, assessment, and proper treatment are a homeowner’s best tools. These steps are also a pest control technician‘s mantra.
I know many of you, myself included, do not have the time to deal with or even properly treat for many household pests. You have to be on top of it, buy dangerous chemicals, and then find the time after what I assume was a hectic workday to then actually treat the home. It’s honestly a bit of a hassle and generally more expensive to do on your own then if you hire a professional. The nice thing about professional pest control services is that even if you’re calling for an initial pest problem, the continued services become preventative treatments ensuring any future home invasions. It’s guaranteed, safe, and effective. That over-the-counter bug bomb in comparison to that? Maybe not so much.
Don’t hide from your pest problem. Seek it out! If you don’t I can almost guarantee there’s a few creepy crawlies winning at a game you may not be playing, but are definitely losing at.