Infographic to Help You Pest Proof Your Home
Here are a few areas you should inspect in and around your home to help keep pests out as the summer wanes.
PEST PROOF YOUR ATTIC/ROOF
Check for mice, squirrels or raccoons already living here. Trap them and then seal off the entrances. Trapping prior to sealing is important.
PEST PROOF YOUR WALLS
- Wood-colored termite droppings
- Damage to the wood grain of your home
- Visible mud tunnels or tubes
- Actual small winged insects leaving wooden structures.
PEST PROOF YOUR PORCH
When it’s time to bring your plants in for the winter, make sure to do it right to avoid carrying in unwanted guests along with them. Remove dead or damaged leaves, check the pots thoroughly and water them to flush insects out of the dirt before bringing them inside. Scrub the pot, too, as spiders will often lay eggs on the bottom of terra cotta pots.
PEST PROOF YOUR WINDOWS
Check screens for damage and fix any openings to keep out mosquitoes, stink bugs, ladybugs and more.
PEST PROOF YOUR BEDROOM
Getting rid of bed bugs is no easy task, so be thorough and committed in your efforts. Regularly wash everything, including bedding, curtains and mattress covers. Always keep an eye out for bugs on your mattress, headboard and bedframe when replacing your sheets. You're looking for:
- Shed bed bug skins, exoskeletons or shells
- Fecal stains on your mattress and bedding
- Blood stains on your sheets and pajamas
PEST PROOF YOUR FLOORS
Insect hibernation is no joke, and your nice warm home is a great place to wake up. As part of your seasonal inspection and bug prevention, vacuum every floor surface and use the nozzle attachment to get everywhere — you never know where a hibernating boxelder bug or flea eggs could be hidden. Inspect the legs and underside of furniture for pests that can easily make their way to and from your carpet.
PEST PROOF YOUR ROOF
Rats and mice can fit through a lot of tight spaces, especially when it’s freezing outside and warm and welcoming inside, so you'll want to inspect for even the smallest potential points of entry. Take time (and a ladder!) to carefully check every inch of your home’s exterior. Address any potential entrances such as loose shingles or portions of your roof that may be pulling away from the awning. Examine all vents, roof returns, flashing along your chimney and skylights for gaps that could give pests easy access to your home.