As the cold weather draws near, you might be preparing to spend more time inside your home. However, it’s not just you who wants to stay at home to feel warm this coming winter. When the outdoor conditions change, insects will begin to look for spots where they can hibernate. Your house could provide them with a habitat that is insect friendly. So be sure you’re prepared by setting in place pest control measures to protect your home.
Pest Control Tips To Keep Them Out of Your Home
You need to check these places to make perfectly sure that the insects will not be able to exploit even the smallest opening to get access to your house.
Be sure that your doors are sealing tightly against the thresholds. These include the garage door. You should install brand new door sweeps if needed. You should look carefully around the doors for any light that may be coming through. In case there’s light then that is one spot where insects may enter.
Inspect the window screens for holes and fix them as required. Additionally, inspect the weather stripping for any worn out sections that may provide the pest with a point of access.
Check all cable, plumbing, heating, as well as ventilation item that goes through the walls of your home. Another pest control Myrtle Beach measure you can do is to prevent the entry of insects by using a double seal. You can also caulk outside and put spray foam inside.
Exhaust Fans and Dryer Vents
You should also check the exhaust fans and vents from your kitchen, bathroom, or dryer. Check the vent dampers to make sure that they are moving they are moving freely and are not broken or stuck open.
You should also seal noticeable openings between the house siding and the trim. Additionally, check where the side walls merge with the foundation. Insects and pests will love it if they find even the tiniest opening here.
Foundation and Exterior Walls
Check the foundation and the walls for noticeable holes and cracks. You should be able to see at least a few inches of the foundation on top of the soil line. In case you don’t, then you have to remove the soil and make a barrier between the earth and the exterior walls of your home. You should also check the planting beds and the plants close to your home. You have to keep mulch pulled away from the foundation of your home. You should prune plantings so you can make sure that the branches don’t touch your house.
Check the screens over the crawl space openings. Any floor on top of a crawl space will represent a possible entry point for any insects and rodents. In case you cannot wriggle into the crawl space to check these things then you have to find someone who can help you.
Roof Vents, Soffit, and Fascia
A quick check at these spots could reveal noticeable problems. You have to inspect the junctures between the adjoining lines in the roof, which are the preferred entry points for Yellow Jackets and Wasps. Pay attention to the vent screens on the roof to ensure that all edges are fastened securely and there no critters prying or chewing on it.
At once a year, check your chimney cap. In case you do not have one, think of getting one installed. It will keep raccoons, squirrels, and birds from building a home of their own in your home. Aside from making sure that critters are out for obvious reasons, you need to remember that they sometimes carry insects into your house as well.
Things You Bring Home
The list includes certain plans that may have spent summer outdoors. It also includes firewood and holiday decors. You should remember that insects may attach themselves to houseplants that may have been placed outdoors. If you bring them inside, you’re also bringing the insect inside your home.
Call Zap Pest Control if you wish to secure your home from pest this coming winter.
Zap Pest Control Inc.
2507 Forestbrook Rd Suite G
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588