To maintain your home and keep it free of unwanted guests you will have to implement an Integrated Pest Management approach. This includes being vigilant, making mechanical modifications, following better sanitation and cultural practices, and most of all using some common sense. Here are five quick tips.
1. Trim Branches and Tree Limbs Close to your Home: Squirrels, Raccoons, and Insects gain easy access to your home when branches hang near. Make sure that your window screens are not damaged also.
2. Secure Garbage Containers: Make sure outdoor garbage containers and recycling bins are always clean, have tight lids, and are placed away from your home. Rodents and insects are always looking for their next source of food, water, and shelter to survive. Denying these will keep them away. Your indoor containers should also have a cover. Sanitation plays a huge part in pest control.
3. Remove Wood Piles or Debris: Rodents, other small animals, and insects seek shelter during the colder months which might happen to be close to or in your home. Termites are no different and are attracted to this environment too. In the United States, Termites cause annual estimated damage of $5,000,000,000. Don't be a part of this stat. Store wood, off the ground and further away from your home.
4. Mend Holes or Openings: Repair, seal and caulk any openings especially around windows, doors, access panels, or crawl spaces to prevent the entry of small critters and insects. In the process, your home also becomes more energy efficient.
5. Keep Water Away: Water should be directed away from your home at all costs. Make sure standing water is not an issue, mosquitoes can lay their eggs in them. You should also steer all gutter spouts away from your property, if not it can pool and seep down to the foundation over time, this can cause a whole host of pests and mold issues.
If any of this sounds too difficult, schedule an Annual Inspection with a reputable Pest control company in your area so they can point out any potential pest problems before it gets too late, and remember "Don't Let Your Pest Be Your Guests."
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Written by: Neil A. Bacchus | Operating Manager | Citi Termite Control Inc.