As pest control professionals, we know that the most important step you can take in pest prevention is exclusion. Keeping pests out of your home or office is much easier than getting rid of pests once they have infested an area. However, people often overestimate how much space pests need to get into your building. Depending on the pest, they can get into buildings through small cracks. Some pests can even breach a building’s exterior on their own. However, by focusing on the top five entry points, you can dramatically decrease the likelihood of an infestation.
If you want a house full of pests, leave your windows open without any screens on them. Flying insects can easily travel into an open window. However, they are not the only type of pest to take advantage of an open window. Open windows can let in any type of pest including insects, rodents, spiders, and even pests like snakes. Ensure all your windows have screens and replace or repair any broken screens. Check the perimeter of your windows and seal and gaps.
Doors are impossible to secure. If people go in and out of them, there is always a chance of letting in pests. However, you can reduce the likelihood that pests will get inside your building. First, take steps to eliminate gaps in the threshold or around the door, so pests cannot squeeze inside. Then, look at taking steps to minimize the time that doors are open.
Wall and Ceilings
Pests can get into your home through any access point. So, you want to take time to inspect your home. If you can see a crack, it is probably big enough for some type of pest to enter through it. When you notice a crack, hole, or any other opening in your home see that it is repaired in a timely fashion to ensure minimize damage time from pests.
Pipes are another way for pests to get into your home or workplace. Insects, rodents, snakes, and spiders may all climb through a pipe and into your building. However, you can take steps to reduce the likelihood that pests can enter your pipes by installing covers and removing debris that create pest conducive environments.
Vents are a common entry point for pests. Unlike pipes, vents are relatively easy to block. You can screen the ends, which still allows for airflow, but keeps pests from using them as an entry point. Ensure that vents in your home are regularly checked and maintained.
You can always check these entry points yourself. Armed with time and some basic tools, you can find and seal most entry points. However, we can also handle that for you. Pest entry inspections are part of our pest control services. Protect your home and family from pests year-round with our Home Protection pest control subscription plans. Contact Flick, the pest control experts, today for more information.
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