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Homeowner Tips

4seasons

Here are some helpful TIPS for homeowners to help with the elimination of pests in and around the home through all of the four seasons.

In the Spring:

  1. Remove grass, weeds, and leaves from around the foundation that will provide harborage for different insects and rodents.
  2. Clean gutters and repair down spouts to reduce harborage and water sources for insects.
  3. Clean winter clothing before storing. Moths feed on clothing where perspiration has accumulated.
  4. Cut back trees and tree limbs that are within 6’ of the outside walls or roof. These can become “highways” for insects and rodents.
  5. When doing your spring cleaning, don’t neglect the attic, even if you do nothing more than move some storage around to see what is still there.

In the Summer:

  1. Keep all foods tightly covered, especially grains, sweets, and fats. Keep your kitchen as clean as possible, particularly in cabinets and around the stove.
  2. Store pet food in glass or metal jars and don’t leave pet food out between feedings.
  3. Inspect pets frequently for fleas and ticks. Change and wash pet bedding frequently.
  4. Use insect repellents on shoes, socks, and pants when you go outside.

In the Fall:

  1. Inspect your home’s exterior for entry points such as seal cracks, crevices, and holes in the foundation.
  2. Re-caulk windows where the seal is broken and check the weather stripping on all doors.
  3. Check all screens at windows and attic ventilation accesses.
  4. DO NOT store fire wood directly against the foundation wall. Find a location away from the home and provide clearance underneath to reduce insect and rodent harborage and provide drainage.

In the Winter:

  1. Do not store old newspapers, extra cardboard boxes or old grocery bags in the garage or basement as they offer excellent hiding places for mice, spiders and insects.
  2. On the interior, inspect for cracks, crevices, and openings around windows, doors, and baseboards that will provide excellent harborage and breeding areas for spiders and insects and rodent access!

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