The first way to ensure that pests don’t make your house their home, is to prevent them from ever coming inside. This means that you’ll need to seal all entrances to your home, including your doors and windows. By doing so, there won’t be any no gaps for those pesky bugs to sneak inside. This will also help to weatherproof your house, thus preventing leaks and then the potential of mold after a downpour. The Family Handy Man website recommends purchasing weatherstripping, which is a thin seal that is backed with adhesive. Once installed, it will weatherproof and close up any openings in doors and windows. The weatherstripping is easy to install. You simply cut the strip and then place the adhesive side along door and window frames.

Next, take a look around your property. Do you have any trees that are close to your house? If so, note if there are any overhanging tree branches. If there are, then bugs and/or rodents can use your tree branches as a clear path to get onto the roof of your house. U.S. News’s article about protecting your home from pests explains, “Since you probably aren’t on your roof a lot, it can be easy to forget that this is where a lot of animals can enter your house. Mice can climb brick walls and enter an opening in the roof, like a chimney. “Since we often think more about the doors and windows that we see everyday, it can be a common mistake to forget about our roofs – but the pests certainly don’t! To remedy this issue, trim branches close to your house in order to take away that easy entrance.

Another option to prevent pests is chemical barriers. Chemical barriers are used as a longer-lasting method; with some barriers that can last up to 4-5 years. Depending on the type of pests that are rampant in your specific area, you can buy a chemical barrier to prevent them from even coming close to your house. Bayer Advanced recommends chemical barriers and says, “Keep insects from gaining access to your home by applying an insecticide at least 1 to 2 feet from the ground up, along the foundation, and also 1 to 2 feet from the foundation wall outward, along the ground. You can create a larger barrier, if you like, of 4 to 5 feet.” Since the barrier will be around your home and on the soil, bugs won’t be able to come close to your home.

If you have pets, it’s easy to forget that ants and roaches enjoy your pet’s food just as much as your own pets do! So whether you have cats, dogs, or even horses, make sure their food is sealed in a food container overnight. When food is left out, it attracts pests, since it’s an easy food source for them. If your pets need to be let outside to play or use the bathroom, make sure you don’t leave your doors open while you do so. If you leave your door open, even for a few moments, outdoor insects have the opportunity to come inside, and make your home their new residence.

A pest that is in almost everyone’s backyard and has infuriated many, is the squirrel. Though quite adorable, these pests can be meddlesome and highly destructive to your home. According to Pestkill’s article, they explain how to prevent squirrels from your backyard garden and home. If you grow your own fruit and vegetables, squirrels can view your garden as their own personal buffet. Using hot peppers sprinkled into the soil, putting plastic mesh around the garden, and/or using motion-sensor sprinklers to scare them away, your garden should be safe. Inside your home, squirrels love attics because of its safe space and insulation they can steal for their nests. Like we noted before about tree limbs, take a look around your attic to ensure there aren’t any holes or entrances that are open to the outside. If so, make sure to seal those entrances to prevent any squirrel from returning, or wreaking havoc on your attic.

To keep your home safe from pests, your diligence as a homeowner is top priority. If you take these precautions, your home is sure to be pest-free, preventing any damage and costly repairs to your home. Now, you’ll be able to relax for the rest of summer; keeping the pests where they’re meant to be – outside of your home!

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