Dr. Jim Fredericks: Just as seasons change so do pest threads. Hi! I am Dr. Jim Fredericks, Chief Entomologist with the National Pest Management Association. Here with some advice on how best pest proof your new home year around. In short all pest need food, water and shelter for survival. The key to pest proofing is to eliminating or at least reduce their access to all of these needs.
Let's start on the outside, keep tree branches and shrubbery wealth trimmed in way from the house. Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep mulch 15 inches away from the foundation. These are often pathways pest used to enter the home, installing rain gutters and repairing an existing system will help redirect water and moisture away from your home. Preventing any leeks or built up that might also attack pest, also replace missing roof shingles and repair rotting door and window frames since some insects are drawn to decaying wood. Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk and steel wool. Pay close attention to the areas where utility-pipe tenured structure, remember house mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime and squeeze through a quarter inch wide gape. Install doors sweeps and repair damage screens to prevent easy access points for household pests. Once all these things are done it's time to turn your attention indoors, use dehumidifier to keep basements dry and reduce dampest and crawlspaces as many pests are attacked to areas of moisture. Keep kitchen counters clean, store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed trash cans. It's also important to avoid leaving pets food dishes out for long periods of time since ants, flies, rodents and cockroaches are attracted to leftover food.
Inspect items such as boxes of decorations, packages delivered to the home and grocery bags before bringing them indoors. Pest can find creative ways to get inside, so shake out or inspect anything that's been left of stored outside. New homeowners may also find it very helpful to obtain a regular prevention and maintenance plan from a qualified pest management company. By partnering with the pest professional homeowners will feel peace of mind knowing a trained technician can point out any new entry points, hidden infestation threats and offer the best course of action in case of a problem. Pest proofing is a year-round tasks since each season brings new pest trying to seek shelter indoors. But with the well-being of your home and family at stack seasonal pest proofing is time well spent.