Scheduling regular pest control treatments in your home is the first step to keeping insects and rodents out. By doing this you will more effectively eliminate these small annoyances that work their way into the home. Even though these treatments are effective, there is still a chance insects can get into your home between the treatments, especially as it nears the time for the next treatment to happen. Take these few upkeeping steps in your home to prevent bugs from entering during this time, better protecting yourself between professional pest control measures.
Doors and Windows
While the doors and windows serve an important function for your home, they can also serve as the easiest point of entry for pests in the home. Ensure that you have sealed the doors and windows of your home, preventing an easy access for bugs. If the weathering strip doesn’t keep out the light like it used to, replace this on the door. In addition to these issues, investing in a screen for the windows and storm doors will help add an extra layer to keep insects out. Never leave windows or doors open in the home without this additional protection.
Protect the Foundation
Over time the foundation of your home has the potential to crack and break, causing problems with everything from flooding basement to easy access for pests. Make sure the cracks that begin to form here are properly sealed, and that the other material used in the construction of your home remains free from cracks and holes. Insects of all sizes will find these access points and take advantage of them.
Taking care of problems with the plumbing is essential in many aspects of your home, but one you might not have expected was the help it will bring in keeping out bugs. Most bugs except those that thrive in extreme desert climates rely on water for survival. They will migrate to areas that pool with water, giving them the means to survival. Look out in your home for the areas where water remains for extended periods of time. Get these areas fixed before more advanced problems can happen.
The process of an infestation does not happen overnight, it happens over a period of time. These insects need a place to stay in your home, choosing cluttered corners and unused basements to build their nests. Eliminating some of this clutter and keeping your home clean will help you keep the insects away between spraying, preventing them from getting too comfortable.
The way you take care of your home between spraying for pests is important. Make sure that you prevent insects from making their way into your home at all times, halting larger problems from taking shape.