Missy Henriksen: Congratulations on the purchase of your first home. It passed all the inspection and you're settling, but do you know how to properly take care of it. As a new homeowner it can sometime seems overwhelming as a list of responsibilities to maintain the home grows. I am Missy Henriksen from the National Pest Management Association and I am here to talk to you about how to protect your biggest investment from the dangers of pests.
Each season there are number of common household pest looking for food, water and shelter inside your home, these pests can also bring a host of health and property risk along with them.
In the spring and summer be aware of termites, ants, flies and spiders. Termites can severe structural damage as they not away of the wood inside a home, prevent termite infestations by eliminating moisture build up in the home, directing rain water from downspout away from the foundation and storing firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
Ants are another Spring time nuisance pest, commonly known for contaminating food. However some species can sting and others can cause serious structural damage. To protect against them seal any openings in the foundation of your home, eliminate sources of moisture and keep branches from trees and shrubs trimmed back from the home to prevent easy access.
Flies can carry more than 100 kinds of germs including bacteria that can cause food poisoning and respiratory problems. Keep doors and windows closed and make sure screens are in good repair, cover food when eating outdoors, remove garbage regularly and use tight sealing trashcans outside.
Although most spiders won't harm humans some species like the black widow and brown recluse can bite and inject harmful venom. Keep dark areas like garages and attics clutter free to avoid providing spiders with a home.
In the Fall and Winter homeowners should lookout for sting bugs and rodents. Sting bugs are a nuisance for homeowners when they invade homes in high numbers seeking shelter when the temperatures drop. Seal any cracks and crevices on the outside of the home and remove window air conditioners in the fall to prevent stings bugs from entering your home.
Rodents not only spread disease and carry flies, but they can also start house fires by chewing to electrical wires. To prevent rodents from making your home there's, seals cracks and holes on the outside of the home eliminate clutter in basements and store food even pet food in tightly sealed containers.
Cockroach is unfortunately are year around problem, one with serious health risks. Cockroaches spread 33 kinds of bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella other types of human pathogens as well, they can also trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms. Keeping the clean home, paying special attention to the kitchen and bathroom will go a long way in preventing a cockroach infestation.
Ensuring your home is safe from infestation is an important task on your new homeowner checklists.