General Tips for pest control:
September 5, 2017 | Posted in: Uncategorized
Prevention- Pest Control:
Inspect your roof for leaks and make sure that all your gutters and downspouts are in good working order and that splash blocks and pipes divert water several feet away from your foundation.
Prune all your trees back at least several feet from your roofline and trim bushes one foot from your exterior walls, porches, garage, carports, outbuildings, etc. “Shape” your bushes at the bottom to allow air circulation around your home or business adjacent to your foundation.
Make sure that there is no standing water collecting in or adjacent to your crawlspace/foundation. Often a crawlspace is lower than the surrounding exterior grade and it acts as a sump allowing water seep in. Correct the exterior drainage or install a French drain and pump on the inside if necessary.
Make sure your foundation vents are secure and operating correctly for ventilation. If your ground is naturally damp in your crawlspace install a plastic vapor barrier to reduce airborne moisture. Make sure your crawlspace door and all other doors and windows are “tight”.
Do not stack or store firewood, building materials and other items against your foundation. This will provide food for wood destroying insects, capture water and provide harborage for all types of pests. Seal obvious construction and utility gaps in your foundation.
Don’t allow standing water to buildup in unused pots, containers, boxes, etc., take old tires to the dump.
Secure and latch all your garbage containers and store them several feet away from your home or business. Make sure that you have your garbage removed from your home and outside containers regularly.