Five Steps Consumers Can Take to Protect their Home from Insects
April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes. What that classic saying doesn’t tell you is that April and May also mark the return of indoor and outdoor pests.
There are a wide variety of insects, some of are nuisances, while others require professional help.
Before you make the call to the bullpen for help, there are some basic steps to help homeowners prevent those pesky critters from causing problems within your home:
- The first step is to make sure any wood on the exterior of your home is finished, painted or treated. This will make your home less attractive to wood-destroying pests and bees looking to make a home for themselves.
- Secondly, you should remove any compacted earth or piled wood near your home that could attract pests, especially termites.
- The third step is to pinpoint all the tiny areas that the pesky critters can sneak into. So, be sure to seal all cracks and holes that would give insects access to the inside of your house. Check crawl spaces that are along the foundation and any exterior vents.
- A fourth step to take in protecting your home against bugs is to check the exterior of your home often for wasps. These buzzing characters like to build nests under eaves as well as nest underneath tables or even in barbecue grills. The last thing you want to do is open up your grill to cook some hamburgers and have to use your spatula as a swatter.
- The last step, which may seem pretty basic, but one that most forget, is to keep the food in your kitchen and pantries in sealed containers. Additionally, keep your kitchen clean and spotless. Things like rotting fruit, dropped crumbs or even pet food can attract ants, flies and rodents.
Of course, if those unwelcome visitors happen to sneak behind your home defenses — and they may at this time of the year — it’s best to call in the pros sooner rather than later.