Pests of all kinds and sizes seem to find access to our homes these days. Some are big like mice, squirrels while some are minute but cause extreme damage to household items and structures. No matter the size, they can be a nuisance and a worrying factor for many home owners. Therefore the best way to tackle this is to prevent these animals or insects from entering our premises.
Most of these pests can be seasonal, looking for refuge inside homes and other structures from extreme cold or heat, therefore understanding the types of pests that may enter, the timelines they do this and using preventive measures to block their entry proves to be the best option. Outlined below are some of the most commonly used methods for prevention.
Check for hiding areas: blocking areas that insects use to hide need to be checked and sealed with a material such as caulk. Areas around the windows, doors or any other ventilation openings need to be properly sealed for booklice control and other types of insect control. Increasing or allowing light to penetrate such areas for potential harbourage can also help. Removing any outsider debris, such as leaves and rotting wood can prevent infestations coming in from the outside.
Utility holes: many homes have wires, waterways going from inside to the outside; these are potential entry points for insects and small animals if they are not sealed properly. Therefore make sure latex tape or any form of sealant is used to cover the edges.
Look to the doors and windows: one major way to keep pests at bay is to focus on the doors and windows at home. If they are not screened or if gaps around the doors are not fixed then chances are many insects will find their way in. This is most important when it comes to mosquito control. Therefore make sure that you have put window screens and any other form of meshing to prevent them from entering. Widely available door strips are also useful in keeping insects and rodents out as well.
Barriers: insecticides or pesticides are sometimes used as a barrier outside the perimeter of the household to keep insects at bay. Since pest proofing a home and sealing all the possible vents and openings is time consuming, many people opt to have a professional install an exterior barrier instead. Using a hose or a similar tool, the chemicals can be sprayed around the house covering all entry points.
Sometimes, these methods can take time and most often will go overlooked. People will notice a problem only when it has exploded in to an infestation. Therefore if you think managing pests in this way is not practical, then using a professional service provider is the best option.