Whether it’s termites or bed bugs, most people can universally agree that insects don’t belong in a home. Not only do they create unsanitary living conditions, but they’re also irritating and a hassle to deal with for homeowners. Preventing bugs from entering your home can be a challenging task. After all, research from the Smithsonian University suggests there are approximately ten quintillion insects alive today, a number so large most of us can’t even comprehend it.
While it may not be possible to eliminate bugs, you can adopt preventative pest control measures to help you keep your home bug-free.
Keeping Bugs Out of Your Home
There are several ways homeowners can ensure their homes remain free of bug infestations. These include:
Sealed doors can keep unwanted intruders like bugs out of your home. Many doors often have a small gap underneath their base, allowing for insects to sneak in. Sealing this gap by installing a steel or aluminum threshold underneath the door can help keep your home bug-free. In addition, you can also combine this with a door sweep for added protection.
Similarly, we recommend applying a door-seal kit or weather-stripping to the perimeter of the door’s frame to prevent bugs from entering through the top and the sides of the door. However, these methods won’t work if you don’t close your door, which is why we also recommend installing a hydraulic door closer.
Adding Screens to Your Windows
Many homeowners rely on natural ventilation, especially during the summers, opening the windows to allow air circulation. Unfortunately, opening windows also means giving bugs and other insects an open invitation to entering your home. We recommend you consider installing screens to keep bugs out of your home.
Fix Any Cracks
Most bugs can enter your home through the tiniest of cracks, given their minuscule size. Therefore, fixing any gaps in your doors and windows is crucial to keeping your home bug-free. Start by assessing the exterior of your home to identify any holes in the foundation. Ensure that you also look for loose bricks and rotten wood because their decaying nature can make your home vulnerable to bugs. We recommend using mortar or cement for fixing foundational cracks, while the caulk is a quick and cost-effective way to address any minor openings.
Dispose of Trash
Properly disposing of trash is also vital to keeping your home bug-free. Trash sitting idly in your home can be a feasting ground for many pests. We recommend keeping food trash in the kitchen and not dispersed throughout your home. In addition, using compost bins can help secure your trash until you empty it. Daily emptying of the trash is a solid practice to keeping your home clean and preventing trash from piling up.
Sealing Pipe Penetrations
Most homeowners have dealt with utility installations at least once in their lives. Most professional installers will often ensure that they seal the penetrations around the pipes with caulk or sealants. However, some installers neglect to do so, resulting in openings forming for pests to enter your home. We recommend checking the piping inside and outside your home to ensure no gaps exist for pests to crawl through into your home. Sealing these gaps with some caulk or sealants can secure your home from bugs.
Dealing with a Bug Infestation
If your home has a bug infestation, you need to hire a pest control company to get rid of them. Homeowners in Ohio can rely on Xterminator Pest Control to keep their homes bug-free. We are a professional pest control company offering our services to residential and commercial clients. We help homeowners by providing various pest control services, ranging from termite control to bed bug removal.
Contact us today to get your bug problems sorted.