Your home can quickly become infested by pests if you don’t take care of it. That includes your outdoor area and structures around the house. Most individuals focus on the home’s interior – keeping it free of crumbs, sealing windows and doors, etc. However, pest prevention starts from the outside. Of course, it depends on how much outdoor property you have and what kind of nature exists there. An individual’s yard may become infested by spiders, wasps, termites, hornets, rodents, stink bugs, ticks, etc. By keeping the area outside of your home maintained, you can prevent these buggers from getting into your home or ruining your time outdoors.
Here are a few tips on protecting your whole home from infestation
1. Limit Where You Eat and Store Food
The main concern, indoors and outdoors, is keeping food and crumbs at bay. You want to make sure your outdoor space remains food-free since pests typically are drawn into your home from exterior spaces. The easiest way to attract ants and mice is by leaving food outside habitually. If you keep stocks of canned or bagged food in the shed or garage, be cautious. Make sure any outdoor trash cans or dumpsters are sealed tightly.
2. Keep the Area Near Your Home Clean
Insects can nest in your yard if you don’t keep it clean. Rake away leaves, keep grass near the home short, and remove mulch when the season comes. These piles of debris can become a breeding ground for wood mice, ticks, and mosquitos. Piles of rotting leaves around the home can cause more damage than you think. Clearing the gutters is vital as tiny pests can make their home there. You can fortify your gutters with a unique filler that will allow water out but prevent leaves, clogs, and pests from invading your space.
3. Seal Cracks and Gaps Outside
Most people protect themselves from pests by applying sealant around the interior of their homes and installing screen doors. However, it is just as important to walk around the perimeter at least once a year and note any gaps, cracks, or holes. Often, insects can invade your home’s walls without you even realizing simply because a break in the wood or gaps in the foundation is an accessible entryway for bugs. Don’t forget to seal up your garage and shed to prevent any nasty surprises.
4. Insulate Your Crawl Space
Your crawl space should be maintained to remain free of bugs. Older homes especially are prone to having infestations originate in this area. Termites are one of the worst pests to invade a home, as they can nest in your crawl space and chew away at your foundation without anyone noticing. These bugs cause millions in damage every year. One way to prevent this from happening is by insulating your crawl space. A professional team will sanitize and install the necessary material to avoid bugs, moisture, and rot. Crawl space insulation can improve your air quality and heating/cooling costs.
5. Regularly Scheduled Pest Spray Services
If you’re serious about keeping your outdoor space free of pests, you may want to have a professional service come to your home regularly and spray the outside area. They’ll also spot and immediately remove any developing problems, like anthills and wasp nests. This is the best and safest way to prevent mosquitos and ticks from ruining your summer and spring season. Pest Solutions in Richmond, VA, can help if you require regular pest control services. Call us at 888-909-0432.