Pests and vermin are unfortunately a part of life. Some live in the environments around us, whether it be your backyard or local park, while others reside inside your house with you. It’s wise to learn how you can prevent these pests from entering your home because once they have made it inside, controlling them can become very difficult. Here are a few entryways that pests use to get inside your home.
Holes and cracks in the foundation and exterior walls
These holes can measure up to 1/4 of an inch in size, but smaller holes are also common. When inspecting possible entrances for pests it is helpful to have a bright light source and to enlist the help of a friend.
Trees and Branches
Trees with branches that come into contact with the house, leaving an opening for pests to use as entryways. Branches are probably one of the most common ways vermin have access to your home. If you have any trees touching your house it would be smart to trim them so they are at least 12 feet away from the house. This way it keeps pests further away, and decreases the chance of them entering your home through the roof or attic.
Drafts, even those caused by temperature differences throughout your home. Pests are attracted to cozy sites where they can find shelter and warmth, especially during the winter months. Sealing up drafty areas or getting a professional exterminator to do it for you will help cut down on pest infestations in your home.
Basements and Crawl Spaces
Basements with poor drainage or that are exposed to ground water, also known as “water entry”. Sometimes having a sump pump with an alarm system is enough to prevent this type of infestation, but if the problem persists it may be best to discuss this with a professional pest control expert. Pests are attracted to any humid or damp areas, so make sure your basements are properly ventilated.
Window Screens and Doors
Insects crawl in through window screens, vents or open doors. Screens are an easy way for many types of pests and rodents to gain entry into your home. Taking the time every few months to check your screens and seal up any holes that you find will help keep them out. It is also important to make sure all windows and doors are closed before leaving your home.
These are another common entryway for pests looking to make your home their own. When it is time to change your air filter make sure to inspect the screen carefully. If you find any tears or holes in the screen, take some duct tape and seal them up, or replace the old one with a new one.
There are many different entryways for pests to enter your home that you probably aren’t even aware of. The best way to ensure that all of these entryways are sealed up, is to hire a pest control company like Scout Pest Control. They can inspect the interior and exterior of your home and address any problems or areas of concerns they come across.