Tips For Helping Secure Your Home
Many homeowners inadvertently leave out the welcome mat for bugs and pests. The Orkin Man recommends easy, yet effective steps you can take to create a home environment that will keep pests out.
- Seal Up The Open Spaces
- Make sure all outside doors and windows are completely sealed. If you can see light around or beneath a door or window, insects and/or mice will be able to come in! Likewise, keep garage doors closed. For a tight seal make sure the weather stripping at the base of the door is in good condition. Check for good screening on vents.
- Dry Out Drainage Areas
- Dry up any sources of moisture in or around your home. Fix plumbing leaks on the inside and provide proper water drainage away from your home on the outside (gutters, downspouts, etc.).Do not leave buckets of water on or around your deck or porch as this will attract insects.
- Reduce The Clutter
- Clutter around the house and in attics, closets and basements provide excellent housing for pests. Eliminate unnecessary items and keep stored items in sealed plastic containers.
- Clean Up After Yourself
- Thoroughly clean up food spills. Don't leave dirty dishes, especially pet food, out overnight. To help control fruit flies wash all fruits and vegetables that are not kept refrigerated. Regular vacuuming and cleaning also decreases the likelihood of pest infestation. Remember to change vacuum bags regularly, as they can act as a breeding ground for pests.
- Trim Around The Edge
- Vegetation creates easy access into your home. Keep trees, shrubs and plants cut back from your home's roof, eaves, windows and siding. Likewise, keep debris, scraps, mulch and woodpiles away from your home's foundation.