Recurring pest problems are frustrating. Getting rid of any pests requires some hard work and dedication. Read on to learn how you can put a stop to persistent pests and keep pests outside where they belong.
1. Cut Off Access Points
While pests can enter your home in a variety of ways, it can still make a noticeable difference to seal off potential entry points as best you can. This will primarily help if pests are coming in from outside, but these steps have a multitude of benefits either way.
- Make sure your air ducts are sealed and in good shape. If pests have access to your ducts, they can get to almost any room in your house. Call an HVAC technician to inspect your ducts for you.
- Trim the trees and bushes around your house. Pests can use branches and leaves that touch or hang over your house to get to your roof and walls.
- Install protective covers over pipes and drains. An easy way to do this is to use a metal pipe screen; this will let liquids and gases continue to drain and vent but will prevent many creatures from getting in.
- Have your weatherstripping and seals around your doors and windows inspected and repaired as necessary.
Along with keeping out many pests, these steps can also help make your home more energy-efficient, less susceptible to weather damage, and prevent health hazards, such as those that can come from untrimmed trees near your house or pests inside your ducts.
2. Deal With Indoor Infestations
A recurring pest problem can sometimes indicate that the source of the infestation is inside the house. Some examples are rodents who have made a home somewhere inside, flies that have laid eggs, termites that have infested multiple parts of your house, or bedbugs travelling from other parts of your home.
Getting rid of pests that have made your home their own can be a little more tricky, but not impossible. Focusing on removing pests rather than keeping them out involves using traps and baits to remove the source of the infestation. Remember to check places like attics, basements, garages, and other places that don't often get thorough inspections, and know what signs to look out for. For example, if you have a termite problem, look for signs of wood damage, mud tubes, or the sudden presence of insect wings. When in doubt, or if signs of infestation are difficult to locate, a pest control specialist can take a look for you.
3. Call the Professionals
When pest problems get overwhelming, calling in professional help can both free your home of recurring infestations and better keep outdoor pests from getting in. There are several factors that can go into what kind of pests are attracted to your home and what types of treatments may work best, such as where you live, the climate in your area, the age of your home, and even your specific neighborhood.
A pest control company like Insecta X can inspect your home and give recommendations; call a professional today to learn more.