Locate areas around your home that are vulnerable to letting pests in. This includes gaps in your siding as well as openings around pipes, wires, or air conditioning units. Seal up these holes using a caulking gun to prevent insects or rodents from getting in. Keep in mind that a mouse can squeeze through an opening the size of a dime and rats can get through a hole the size of a quarter. If the hole is not big enough already, they will often chew it until it is big enough.
Eliminate food sources that attract and keep insects and rodents coming back. Seal all your food inside plastic containers, including pet food. Make sure all trash, inside and out, is also sealed. Only put pet food down at mealtimes. Always wash dishes right away or keep them in a sink of soapy water. Never leave them in a stack beside the sink with food on them. And, carefully clean your kitchen and other areas where food particles are present.
Remove all clutter from in and around your home. Rodents and insects love hiding and harboring in clutter. If you store items in your attic, basement, or garage, consider using heavy duty hard plastic containers that seal well.
Cut vegetation back from the outside of your home. Leaves and branches give rodents and insects a bridge that they can climb on to reach your home.
Remove standing water inside and outside of your home. Don't give bugs and rodents a fountain to drink from. Also, standing water is a breeding ground for some insects, such as mosquitoes.
Make sure your home stays as dry as possible. Damp environments attract insects of many kinds, offering them a favorable living environment. Use fans and/or dehumidifiers to dry out moist or damp areas.
Have a Pest-Free New Year!
December 31, 2015