Pests: How Are They Getting In and What You Can Do About It
Keeping their home pest free is a priority for owners. Insects and rodents can be notoriously difficult to eradicate once they get inside and begin to multiply. Preventing these pests from entering in the first place is the key to keeping your house pest free. If you do discover that you have a pest problem, you’ll naturally want to perform some pest-removal remedies but be sure you discover where these pests are getting in (and take steps to repair the problem) or they’ll likely keep coming back.
Just like humans and their pets, pests are perfectly content to enter our homes through the front, back, or patio doors. Did you know that mice can flatten themselves down to a quarter’s thickness in order to slip through the most narrow passages? Check to see if light is visible through the threshold of your doors; if it is, there’s a good chance that pests can get through. Make sure that all doors, including the garage door, are tightly sealed against the structure’s threshold in order to prevent pests from easily getting indoors.
Windows are notorious for developing cracks or providing easy access for pests like rodents and insects. Be sure to replace worn weather stripping or caulk. If you note any holes in your window screens, be sure to repair them. A broken screen is an invitation for pests to enter.
Can cockroaches walk through walls? You might be surprised! Our walls are traversed by a myriad of cables and lines. If these cables aren’t optimally sealed and allow any sort of wiggle room, a pest can find its way through too. When temperatures dip, pests will be drawn to the warmth of interior buildings. If they can get into your walls, you’re going to have a serious pest problem on your hands–one that typically requires the help of a professional exterminator. Our contractors can ensure that your walls are well sealed against all types of pest invaders.
Foundation cracks are also easy access points for pests. Be sure to inspect your house periodically for exterior cracks or holes that could provide entrance to pests like insects and mice. Keep in mind that caulk isn’t the ideal solution for these types of issues because rodents can chew through it. Steel mesh or concrete is ideal for patching up these problems.
Siding is another access point for pests. Insects and even mice can nest in gaps within the siding. Wasps and hornets may even try to nest in these types of cracks and holes. As you inspect the foundation of your house, be sure to view the siding too, especially where the siding joins your home’s foundation.
Given the opportunity, pests can invade your home. Use these tips to keep pests at bay. If they do get in, you might want to give us a call so we can help you make repairs at pest entry points. This way, they won’t get back inside after you eradicate them.