Nov 2, 2013

Effective Ways New Homeowners Can Protect Their Homes from Pests

Homeowners who want to protect the financial investment they have made by purchasing their new home should be proactive when it comes to doing some basic pest control on their own. Few things can put a quicker damper on the excitement of new homeownership than realizing that your home is a magnet for all sorts of creepy-crawly insects that make living there less enjoyable. It doesn't cost a lot of time or money to implement some effective steps that will protect a home from an unwelcome invasion of pests.

Termite control should be among the number one priorities for new homeowners. One of the easiest ways to prevent your home from looking attractive to hoards of termites is to eliminate any piles of wood or mounds of dirt adjacent to the house which serve as the perfect breeding ground for these destructive pests. All exterior wood on the house should be treated in some fashion such as painted or finished. This will also make your house look less appealing to termites looking for a place to set up house keeping.

The amount of space that outdoor pests need to gain entry into a house is surprisingly small. Take a walk around your property, both from the exterior as well as the interior and notice even the smallest cracks or holes that could serve as an entry point for bees, termites, ants or rodents. Then get to work sealing these entry points shut. Pay particular attention to air vents and crawl spaces which can inadvertently allow pests to start living in hidden spaces in your house.

On a regular basis, homeowners should make it a habit to look up under the eaves of the roof to check to see if wasps have begun building a nest there. Wasps and hornets also like to build their nests on the underside of outdoor picnic tables as well as inside barbecue grills that have been dormant. So it's important to be vigilant that all of these areas don't attract swarms of unwelcome flying pests.

It's a good idea to make it a rule in your new home to keep food and beverage consumption confined to the kitchen and dining room or outside patio areas. Even just a few crumbs in the living room or bedroom can send out a signal to ants, rodents and flies that there is a free dinner awaiting them inside your house. If despite all of your efforts to protect your home, pests are still posing a problem, don't hesitate to get professional pest control assistance. The earlier that exterminators and termite control experts discover an infestation, the quicker it takes to eradicate the problem and prevent future invasions.


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1 comment:

Builders London said...

Also we can avoid them trough disposing unwanted stuffs that stack up the basement time to time.

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