Hello Neighbors, as the weather warms, pest activity increase and it’s getting hotter. I often explain to our pest control customers that while we provide the very best in preventative pest control services, you as a homeowner play an equally important role in maintaining physical barriers that will help keep pests away from and out of your home.
Here are a few simple and easy suggestions:
– Eliminate harboring areas: overgrown shrubs against the home, piles of fallen leaves or grass clippings, stacks of firewood, pavers or bricks near the home, olds toys or other assorted ‘stuff’ laying around the outside of the home that should be donated or disposed of.
– Make sure the Weather-Stripping on your exterior doors are in good order and replace if needed. Add Door Sweeps where needed on exterior doors. Replace old door sweeps. Most pests (including scorpions) only need a 1/16 inch opening to enter. Also have all window screens properly installed and fitted to your windows that open. The screen provides another barrier to easy pest entry at your window areas.
– Inspect your garage door gaskets, the rubber strip that runs along the entire bottom portion of the door. Many are dried out, cracked with missing portions. At the corners look for gaps in the trim pieces (SEE PHOTO), replace or repair the trim to keep flush with the stuccoed corner. If you see a small gap (1/8 inch or less) the bottom of the trim, fill with clear acrylic caulking.
– Seal expansion joints. You may find a gap between your patio or front porch concrete and your homes foundation. When concrete is poured they put a material between the two pieces of concrete – (expansion joint). After a time, this material rots out and leaves a gap accessible to pests. They will hide, live and nest in these areas. Seal this area with concrete patch kits, caulk or expandable foam.
– Eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito problems, especially now with the Zika virus entering the U.S.. Pet water dishes, plant pottery, overturned toys, BBQ grill covers, depressed areas in the landscaping, rain gutters, etc.
– Try to minimize the ‘stuff’ you have stored inside of your garage. With few basements here in AZ that’s easier said than done but try to keep these stored items up on metal shelving or inside of enclosed cabinets. Use plastic storage containers, not cardboard boxes that attract termites.
– Replace exterior light bulbs with yellow or sodium vapor bulbs. They’re less attractive to bugs like beetles, crickets, moths and flies.
If you’re able to do the things listed here you’ll go a long way in helping to minimize pests. These items combined with regular pest control treatments is your best bet in keeping your home as pest-free as possible. Feel free to call me anytime you have a pest related question or regarding our services.
If you need help with these ‘projects’ call and I can refer you to a qualified local handyman.
Thanks! Garry Young (owner)