There are many things you can do to help prevent pests from getting into your home. Here are some key suggestions and recommendations for homeowners:


Indoor Pest Prevention Tips:
  • SEAL DOORS -
    • Make sure all doors to the outside are well sealed.
    • If light can be seen from around or under a door, then insects can gain access into your home.
  • AC FILTERS -
    • Keep air conditioning filters clean and thermostats properly adjusted.
    • Prevents mold and mildew build-up that will attract tiny insects.
  • PLUMBING -
    • Check for plumbing leaks and seal off gaps around plumbing pipes behind cabinetry.
    • Don’t let  water accumulate anywhere in or around your home.
  • GROUTING -
    • Check grout around bathtubs and toilets.
    • A good caulk seal will assure small insects such as  silverfish and ants cannot enter these locations.
  • ATTIC - 
    • Check the attic for water in the drip pan
    • Check for unnecessary clutter and to ensure gable vents are  screened.
  • FOOD STORAGE -  
    • Store all open food containers in tightly sealed containers or in the refrigerator.
    •  Don’t leave pet food or water out overnight.
    •  Check for pests hiding in bags or boxes before carrying them inside your home.

Outdoor Pest Prevention Tips:
  • PRUNE VEGETATION TOUCHING THE HOUSE -
    • Pay close attention to the eaves or the roof.
    • Vegetation creates a highway for insect access.
  • REPAIR TORN SCREENS
    • Anywhere on property to prevent insect entry.
  •  SOFFITS - 
    • Seal around soffits and gable vents to ensure rodents and insects can’t gain access to the roof or attic space.
  • CONDUITS & PIPING -
    • Seal around conduits and piping where it enters the structure.
    • Many insects and rodents follow power lines or climb conduits and pipes to gain access to the home.
  •  GUTTERS -
    • Check gutter drains to ensure water is diverted away from the home.
    • Base of gutter should drain water away from the foundation to discourage moisture build-up next to the home.
    • Remove accumulated leaf litter from rain gutters and roofs to prevent ants and other insects from breeding under the build-up.
  • CAULK -
    • Caulk all cracks and crevices (i.e. under window frames or around pipes entering the side of the home) to prevent insect entry.
  • GARAGE -
    • Keep garbage cans clean and lids sealed to prevent ants, roaches and flies from feeding and breeding in the garbage.
    • Keep the garage door closed and make sure that the weather-stripping along the base of the door is in good repair.
  • REMOVE DEBRIS -
    • Remove debris, clutter or woodpiles away from your home’s foundation.
    • Discourages rodent nesting or insect colonization next to the home.
  • FOUNDATION -
    • Check irrigation system to be sure there is no puddling near the foundation or spraying onto the home.
    •  Divert the drip line from the air conditioner at least 2 feet away from the foundation.


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