Insects, rodents and other pests are outdoor creatures, but if given the choice they will always try to get in your home. Why? Because you have created a great environment! Let me explain, because you have made it so simple for them to find food or water or come in from either the cold or the heat. The trick to keeping them outdoors where they belong is to take every means necessary to prevent their getting in! The old adage holds true for pests as with everything else: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Here are some quick tips.
Take a nice slow walk around the perimeter of your home. Observe your landscaping closely, and trim hedges and shrubs away from the sides of the structure: not just a few inches, but a foot or even more if possible. If you keep a woodpile, make sure the logs are stacked across the yard and away from the house. Inconvenient in the winter perhaps, but it will help keep pests out in the summer when they are most active. Not to mention wood piles stacked next to your home is likely to lead to a termite problem.
Check all windows and doors for possible entry points: remember, insects can fit into the tiniest of fissures. Mice can enter a hole as small as 1/4 of an inch and rats can enter1/2 inch openings. Caulk all small cracks, and then stuff steel wool into larger areas such as gaps where the entry lines for your air conditioner enter the house.
Now take a tour of the inside of your home. Check all screens on windows first to make sure you don’t have bent frames or space underneath that will allow insects to get in. Box elder bugs are especially good at getting in this way, and these pests multiply like crazy once they get in: in fact, you may have problems well into the autumn months!
Use caulk if necessary around window and door areas: just as you did on the outside of your home. Check under your sinks and study areas where your water pipes come through the wall. Chances are there are spaces there where all kinds of critters can gain access: seal them off with steel wool.
And of course, for optimum protection you should always have a quality Missouri pest control company like Gateway Pest Control come to your home at least twice a year. Gateway effectively gets rid of pests using only safe practices and products, so you can be sure the job will be done right. Gateway may not be able to do anything about your mother-in-law, but when it comes to unwanted guests that have wings or four legs, we’ve got you covered!