How to Keep Your Home from Becoming a Winter Pest Resort

Sunday is the first day of Autumn. Summer has come and gone and the winter months will soon be rolling in. But that doesn’t mean that pests should be rolling into your house for shelter. As it gets colder outside, take these precautions while you still can to keep unwanted visitors from showing up at your holiday parties.

Keep Your Home Tidy

cleaning

Around the holiday season you should just be keeping your house tidy in general, especially to prepare for all of the guests that you’ll be having over. A messy house might ward off human guests, but it will draw in an extra number of crawling creatures. Uncovered food and water sources attract pests, particularly ants and roaches. Even pet food can draw insects to it. Keep food well sealed and put away to make them less of a target home for unwanted visitors.

Seal Potential Entries

seal entryways

When it gets colder outside, most pests seek indoor refuge. For bugs, any sort of opening is like a big sign saying, “Come to my warm home.” Before it’s too cold and miserable, do a head to toe inspection of your home. Check door and window frames, roofing, and the foundation for any cracks or places where insects could get in. Do an indoor inspection as well to be extra thorough.

Repair Screens

Repairing Screen

Your screens aren’t really doing their job if there are holes in them. Keep your screens in good condition to prevent insects from creeping through the gaping holes.

Fix Leaks

Fix Leaks

Both indoor and outdoor bodies of water are a huge attraction for pests. Make sure your rain gutters lead water far enough from your home. This will also help to keep your foundation in better condition with less cracking. Regularly check indoor pipes for cracks as well.

Replace Outdoor Lights

Replace Outdoor lights

It’s tempting to enjoy the final warm nights of summer outdoors. Before you do this though, invest in lights that won’t attract extra insects. This will make it easier for you to get back into your home without inviting more residents along the way.

Maintain Your Yard

Couple Raking Leaves

An unruly yard will lead to a wide host of pests surrounding your house. The more pests outside of your house, the more likely it is that they will try to come inside. A tidy yard with a simple flower bed can make a win-win situation for you and some of your pesky friends. You’ll be more satisfied with your yard’s appearance and it will give the pests somewhere to go that isn’t inside your house.

Eliminate Outdoor Breeding Grounds

Wood pile

It can be so convenient to stash your winter’s supply of firewood right next to your house. But this will be a huge mistake. Wood piles, leaf buildup, and ivy vines are all breeding grounds for insects and great temporary shelters. The closer their home is to yours, the more likely it is that they’ll feel free to move in.

Before the temperature drops too much, take some extra time on the weekend to get your home ready for the war against pests. Preventing them from entering your house now will be much easier than trying to get them out later.

Author Bio: Michael David is a freelance journalist and blogger who enjoys writing to help companies with drainage repair. Michael loves writing about DIY projects, home improvement, and garden-related topics.

 

Steps Involved In A Termite Inspection

Wood Destroying Pest Inspection DocumentTermites are one of the worst nightmares for any homeowner. When they infest, they colonize very rapidly; munching on the wood that’s in their way. While termites are notorious for eating wood, damaging the home, they are also very harmful to the health of the residents inside.

Millions of dollars are spent on termite treatments and prevention. Before you spend too much on termite extermination, get your home inspected. It’s imperative to know the current status of any termite infestation. Knowing the category of the termite investigation will save additional damage that can be caused by the termites.

Although most termites are subterranean insects, meaning they are generally underground, there are also visible signs above the ground to detect their presence. In determining the current status of a termite infestation, first you need to recognize the signs. Look for termite tubes, also known as mud tubes, in and around the house. Knock on any wood structures in your home and see if you can feel any hollowness in the wood.

A termite inspection is best handled by termite inspection professionals. The basic steps involved in a professional termite inspection are as follows:

Termites in woodStep 1: Inspecting The Exterior

A professional termite inspector will start looking for the signs of a termite infestation on the exterior of your home. If your home does have termites roaming around, then their signs will be visible outside. He will thoroughly inspect the perimeter of the home, and also the foundation. The termite inspector will be looking for actual termites, and the termite tubes. If your home has any dead bushes or wild growth, then the inspector will ask you to remove them to keep your place free from any kind of infestation.

Step 2: Inspecting The Interior

After completing a thorough inspection of the exterior of a home, the inspector will move towards the interior. Termite inspections are more difficult inside the home; as compared to the exterior. This is because there are many more places inside the home that need to be checked. Termite tubes can be almost anywhere and everywhere; on the windows, corners, inside closets, in the kitchen cabinets and behind heavy appliances. If there is heavy infestation, then the tubes are typically found inside the walls and floor throughout the home.

Pest Control home inspectionStep 3: Inspect The Crawl Space & Basement

The crawl spaces and basements of homes are the favorite hiding place for termites. It would be a big mistake to avoid inspecting them. The home inspector will have the appropriate equipment needed to inspect every crawl space in the home, and will have the expertise to know if a home is even the least bit susceptible to termites.

Step 4: Inspect The Attic

If you think the attics are high above the ground and there is little chance of finding termites there then you are wrong. You will be surprised to know that many times the infestation is not found anywhere else in the home but attics. So this makes it necessary to inspect the top level of the home as much as the other parts of the home.

Conclusion

Termite inspection does not involve any treatment related to termite eradication, but it is just the survey of the home to determine the current status of infestation. This will help in knowing where there are signs of termites in your home, and how much damage has already been caused. Such inspections also help you in selling your home, as many buyers prefer to have the home thoroughly inspected before buying it.

If it is determined that a home is in deed infested with termites, professional termite control will be needed to exterminate the destructive pests.

Author Bio:

Ethen Hunt is the author of this article. He writers for New Jersey Termite Inspector and recommends his services if you are looking for Termite Inspection.