It is February and love is in the air! Valentine’s Day reminds us of all the things we love. From chocolate to our significant other, the list of things you love may be long, but there is little doubt that pests like mice, termites and other insects are not on your list. Pests love your home for three very simple reasons: food, water, and shelter. In order to break-off the love affair between pests and your home you should take a few important steps. Here is the ultimate break-up guide:
Lock the door and throw away the key: Well, this is figurative, but you get the idea. Excluding pests from your home in the first place is the best option. First you need to find the “door” that the pests are using to get into your home. It is unlikely they are entering through an open front door during the winter months. Instead they are creating their own “doors” through cracks and crevices in your home. Remember, a “door” for a mouse can be a crack or hole in your wall the size of a dime and if the pests that are plaguing your home are bugs the door can be even smaller. Once you do find these holes make sure to fill them with the appropriate material. Silicone caulk works great in most situations, and copper mesh is also a good alternative for larger gaps. Also remember that if a crack in your foundation is a door for pests, an improperly sealed vent can be a super-highway. Make sure that dryer and bathroom vents and drainpipes are properly sealed in order to keep pests out.
Be a bad party host: Have you ever been to a party where the host didn’t serve any food or drinks? My guess is you would decline the invitation to that party next year. So make sure that pests consider you that type of party host. There are some very obvious ways to do this. First, vacuuming often is critical. Not only will it remove food crumbs that have fallen to the floor, it is a great way to keep spiders and their webs away as well. Another important tip is to clean liquid spills quickly. Liquids, especially those containing sugar, attract a variety of pests from ants to mice.
There are also some less obvious ways that you can keep food out of your unwanted party guest’s hands. Make sure food is stored properly. In order to keep pests like ants and Indian meal moths out, a plastic container with a tight fitting lid works well. If you have a problem with mice or rats, glass containers with tight fitting lids may be a better option. Keep food off of your counters. Fresh fruits may be tempting treats to more than just your loved ones and pests enjoy easy access to snack as well. Refrigerators not only keep things cool, they keep food items safe from pests as well.
Find someone else to break the news: When it comes to pest infestations, don’t worry about letting them down easy. Make a simple call to Trius Pest Management and we’ll do the dirty work for you.
This Valentine’s Day, have Trius rid your home of pests, rodents and nuisance wildlife. Simply click here for a free estimate. Spend time with those you love, not just those that love your house!