Indoors is indoors and outdoors is outdoors, and homeowners are pretty clear about what belongs where. Yet pests and other tiny wildlife have little respect for which is which when they find their way through an entry point into our homes.
Ants marching in formation, buzzers caught in the miniblinds, stingers winging through your family room, crawlers setting up camp in the kitchen – this is nothing any of us want to see.
To help keep your home secure from unwelcome pests, start with this principle: Don’t give them what they want.
Pest infestations begin when pests find what they need to live and reproduce. Like the rest of us, this includes food, water, and shelter. For example, pests see food in unsealed containers or in unsecured garbage cans as a welcome sight. Moisture from leaky plumbing and fixtures or stagnant water from drainage may be distasteful to us but delightful to them.
- Have a pest control technician check crawlspaces and the attic twice a year for signs of moisture, entry points and pest activity.
- Keep food tightly sealed (pet food too).
- Seal entryways such as windows, crawlspace openings, electrical wiring structures or other holes and cracks.