There are plenty of reasons homeowners should be actively seeking out ways to pest-proof their homes. For example, if you have any chance of passing a home inspection from an Orlando home inspector, having your home free of all pests is a must. Making your home pest-proof doesn’t have to be time-consuming, either. Following these steps could potentially end up saving you lots of time and money in the long run.
- Seal Small Crevices That Serve as Entry Points for Pests
Small rodents and insects find ways to use the smallest holes to enter your home. By caulking small crevices throughout your home, you’ll do wonders in making it harder for pests to get into your home. These holes are typically found near windows, door frames, seals around the external dryer vent, anywhere pipes enter or exit the home and anywhere electrical cables or wiring can be found. Another great reason to seal these small homes is because you’ll be sealing spaces where heat tends to escape during the winter.
- Using Sticky Traps
Using Sticky traps provides an easy way to not only catch pests, but to see how many there are in and around your home. Sticky traps are typically simple to setup and are known to catch a variety of adult insect pests that can infest homes relatively quickly. If you have a garden, another benefit to using sticky traps would be the fact that they can provide an early warning of pest presence before plant damage is observed. Homeowners also have flexibility in deciding where they’d like to place these traps. It is often recommended to use a minimum of one sticky trap for every 10,000 square feet.
- Tidy Up Your Kitchen
Setting aside 10 or 15 minutes daily to wipe your kitchen countertops down can aid you greatly in fighting pests. Pests often come into kitchens seeking old leftover food which often attracts small insects. Once smaller insects make themselves at home that welcomes bigger ones like wasps and spiders because they tend to feed on smaller insects. Homeowners will find that simple upkeep of the kitchen will put a stop to a cycle of pests making themselves comfortable in your home.
- Install Door Sweeps
A huge tool in keeping pests at bay is preventing them from entering your home through the gap between the bottom of the door and the ground. Door sweeps are relatively easily found, and are installed without drilling. After buying one from your nearest hardware store, simply stick it onto the door with an adhesive strip. This essentially performs the same duty as caulk in that it will prevent larger pests like mice from entering through the smallest crevices in your home.
These tips will go a long way in keeping out small pests without having to call an exterminator. Using these methods to keep pests out of your home will also prevent long-term infestations that arise once these pests have been given the opportunity to breed after being in your home for a prolonged period of time. By taking the small steps to protect your home now, you will certainly set yourself up for success once it’s time for your property to pass a home inspection.