As temperatures rise, so do the number of pests you need to deal with in and around your home. Summer weather presents optimal conditions for all kinds of pests to reproduce, but the heat can cause many to seek shelter in cooler areas of the world, like your home. Beyond taking care to avoid leaving any traces of food that might attract some creatures, you can get a head start on preparing your home to keep out a variety of pests, from tiny insects up to large rodents, by following these tips.
Keep An Eye Out For Moisture
When it gets hot, most creatures look for sources of water to sate their thirst. Insects and smaller critters can make do with even small sources of water, so something that might at first appear insignificant may in fact draw pests closer -- especially if the moisture supply is steady. Check outdoors for any leaky pipes or faucets or dripping hoses. You can even look for sources of water like the drainage from your air conditioner. Try to ensure the immediate area around your home is dry and clear of debris, foliage and soil that can provide places for moisture to evaporate more slowly.
To be extra thorough, check through your garage, attic, and basement to look for any sources of moisture or leaks. If moisture is a common issue due to weather conditions in your area, a dehumidifier for your home may be a valuable investment.
Search Your Home For Necessary Repairs
There aren't usually many occasions to do an entire inside-and-out search of your home, but the onset of summer is an important one. There are many things to look out for that could let in summertime pests:
- Missing shingles or other roof damage.
- Holes or cracks in your attic.
- Damaged vents, or vents lacking bug screens.
- Cracks in your home's foundation.
- Broken windows, or windows where the seal is fading.
- Holes or cracks in your air ducts.
Many entrance points for pests are small and easily overlooked, but this often makes them equally simple to fix. Cracks and holes can be caulked, and shingles can be replaced. You'll never plug every single hole that can let pests in, but denying them easy access is often deterrent enough. Once you've narrowed down points of entry, you can also place deterrents around common entry points, like windows or vents, by using things like diatomaceous earth or chalk.
Have Your Home Inspected
If you're afraid you have had a pest-related issue, or that you might have one, call a pest-control specialist to examine your home for you. They can tell you if any creatures in your home are individual wanderers or if they're a sign of a larger infestation. Whatever the answer is, it's worth the price of an inspection, especially if it means catching potential problems early.
Move Trash And Vegetation Bins Off Your Foundation
A common entry point for many smaller creatures, like ants, is beneath your home's foundation. There isn't always much you can do about this, but you can make them less likely to want to enter your home in the first place. To do this, consider a large source of food for pests: plants and garbage. If you keep your garbage and plant bins close to your home, such as on concrete nearby, this can encourage creatures to come onto your foundation and to explore what's nearby in hopes of finding more food. Move your bins into the dirt if you can, and as a bonus, surround your bins with deterrents like diatomaceous earth or chalk to keep most of the pests away.
For more information and tips, contact a local pest control company.