How to Keep Pests
Out of the House
Need help with a pest problem?
The best way to stop a pest infestation is to prevent insects and rodents from entering your home from the start. While typical American homes have hundreds of insects living in them, most are too small to see and do not pose risks to you or your family. You might not be able to keep your home totally insect-free, but you can take the proper preventative measures to help deter and restrict more bothersome pests from making your home theirs.
Seal Your Home
It doesn’t take much for insects and rodents to get into your home. Some mice can fit through a crack or hole just 1/4th” wide. That’s just slightly bigger than the diameter of a pencil! And insects don’t even require that big of an entryway. To keep vermin out, you should check your home annually for any gaps that could allow pests to easily enter your home. Check the exterior of your home for cracks in the foundation and/or masonry, any loose siding, missing shingles, and gaps around utility lines and pipes. You should also check the interior for cracks in the foundation, gaps around trim, damaged weatherstripping, holes in window screens, and ill-fitting doors and windows.
For loose or missing shingles and/or siding you may need to hire a contractor to repair your home. But most cracks and gaps in your home can be easily sealed. You should not use caulk because many pests can quickly chew through it. Instead, you should stuff copper mesh or steel wool into the gap then seal over it with expanding foam or mortar. Weatherstripping around doors and windows can become brittle and damaged over years of regular use so be sure you replace it when needed. Torn screens should be patched or replaced as soon as possible, especially in the summer months when you will have your windows open. And warped or broken doors and windows should be replaced immediately to ensure a better seal throughout your home.
Pests are much more likely to invade a home where there is plenty of food and places to hide. Food, clutter, and trash invite pests into your home so here are some steps you can take to keep your home less appealing to vermin.
From your grandma to TikTok, there are home remedies and life hacks everywhere with suggestions on how to deter pests. These methods are in no way foolproof and they won’t do nearly as good of a job as an exterminator’s chemicals, but some of them do work!
What should I do next?
If you already have pests in your home, it might be too late to take some of these precautions. You can always call Armor Pest Control at (269) 424-3458 or contact us online at armor-pest.com/contact to rid your home of pests. We will also seal and/or repair areas where pests are getting into your home to protect future infestations. With Armor Pest Control you can rest easy knowing your home is safe and secure from an infestation.
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