Top 10 Easy-to-Follow Pest Proofing Tips


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  • Eliminate water sources. All pests look for a source of water. Fix dripping taps and leaking pipes to remove the water and humidity that pests, including termites and ants, need to survive.
  • Use caulk to seal potential entry points. Pests such as ants and spiders find their way indoors through cracks and crevices around doors, walls and windows.
  • Replace standard outdoor lights with yellow bug lights. Minimizing lighting outside your home will reduce the overall number of pests that swarm around your home.
  • Remove spider webs. Discourage web building by vacuuming or sweeping in closets, under furniture, and in corners. Use a long pole (an easy purchase at home improvement stores) to remove webs from hard to reach corners inside and outside your home.
  • If you store firewood, move it away from your home (and always wear gloves when reaching into dark places). Firewood can be a good hiding place for rodents, spiders, scorpions, and termites, so the further from your house the better.
  • Cut back tree branches and bushes to keep pests away from the side of your house and roof. There should be at least a one foot gap between vegetation and your house.
  • Empty garbage cans and recycle bins regularly. Need we say more?
  • Store food in sealed containers. Common household pests such as cockroaches and house ants are always looking for a tasty meal.
  • Make sure your outdoor drainage system is working properly.
  • Always clean and sanitize your pool on a regular basis. Drain the water out when a pool is not in use.

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