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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