There are many things you can do to help prevent pests from getting into your home. Here are some key suggestions and recommendations for homeowners:
Indoor Pest Prevention Tips:
- Outside doors must be well sealed. If light can be seen from around or under a door, then insects can gain access into your home.
- Keep air conditioning filters clean and thermostats properly adjusted so mold and mildew build-up does not attract tiny insects.
- Check for plumbing leaks and seal off gaps around plumbing pipes behind cabinetry. Don’t let water accumulate anywhere in or around the home.
- Check grout around bathtubs and toilets. A good caulk seal will assure small insects such as silverfish and ants cannot enter these locations.
- Check the attic for unnecessary clutter and to ensure all gable vents are screened. Seal up any cardboard boxes to prevent insects from nesting inside.
- Store all open food in tightly sealed containers or in the refrigerator.
- If you have a pet, don’t leave pet food or water out overnight.
- Check for pests hiding in packages or boxes before carrying them inside your home.
Outdoor Pest Prevention Tips:
- Repair torn screens anywhere on property to prevent insect entry.
- Seal around soffits and gable vents to ensure rodents and insects can’t gain access to the roof or attic space.
- Seal around conduits and piping where it enters the structure. Many insects and rodents follow power lines or climb conduits and pipes to gain access to the home.
- Check gutter drains to ensure water is diverted away from the home. The downspout and drip-leg should drain water away from the foundation to discourage moisture build-up next to the home.
- Remove accumulated leaf litter from rain gutters and roofs to prevent ants and other insects from breeding under the build-up.
- Caulk all cracks and crevices (i.e. under window frames or around pipes entering the inside of the home) to prevent insect entry.
- Keep garbage cans clean and lids sealed to prevent ants, roaches and flies from feeding and breeding in the garbage.
- Keep the garage door closed and make sure that the weather-stripping along the base of the door is in good repair.
- Prune excess vegetation touching the home, especially on eaves or the roof. The vegetation creates a highway for insect access.
- Remove debris, clutter or woodpiles away from the home’s foundation. This discourages rodent nesting or insect colonization next to the home.
- Check irrigation system to be sure there is no puddle near the foundation or spraying onto the home.
- Divert the drip line from the air conditioner at least 2 feet away from the structure.