- Start by caulking around windows and doors.
- Add or repair door sweeps on exterior doors.
- Replace or repair screens on windows and storm doors.
- Plug weep holes in the foundation with metal mesh to prevent rodent entry.
- Make sure crawlspace doors shut and seal.
- Check that you have a screen behind the vents in the attic.
Clean That Kitchen
- Remove garbage on a regular basis. Daily is best.
- Do not leave dirty dishes overnight. Wipe the sink down after use.
- Wipe down all countertops, appliances, and cooking surfaces.
- Keep opened food in airtight containers.
- Don’t forget to clean those hard to get areas. This includes under and behind the refrigerator, inside cabinets, and behind the stove.
Remove Indoor Clutter
Fix Leaky Faucets and Pipes
Standing water attracts pests and promotes mold and mildew. Make sure faucets aren’t dripping or leaking above in the sink or below in the cabinet. This is a common cause of issues with springtails, earwigs, and ants. They are drawn to areas of moisture and high humidity. Check your crawlspace for leaky pipes or have someone inspect it for you. Undetected leaks in a crawlspace could cause issues beyond the normal crickets, cockroaches, or mice. High moisture wood is like a nice steak to termites. Now you’ve moved past a simple general pest treatment. Getting rid of termites is much more serious. You could save yourself a ton of money looking out for these issues on a regular basis.
Maintain a Clean Lawn/Yard
Just like clutter inside your home, yard clutter is just as bad. Keep the grass cut short, and remove piles of yard debris. Keep mulch raked at least 18 inches from the foundation. Don’t overwater flower beds and prevent standing water near the home. Earwigs, springtails, mosquitoes, and other moisture-loving insects will thrive in these areas. Remember mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a thimble full of water.
- Keep compost & firewood piles at least 20 ft from home.
- Remove leaf piles and other yard debris.
- Reduce low spots where standing water may occur.
- Remove items from the yard that may catch rainwater and retain it.
- Check firewood before bringing it in.
- Shake out Christmas trees and wreathes before bringing them inside.