As the seasons change and autumn takes hold, bugs and pests are looking for a place to keep warm. If you give them an opportunity, your house will be an inviting place to winter over. Prevention is the key to keeping your house pest free.
Firewood, leaves, logs, stumps, and other pest habitats must be cleaned up and stored away from the foundation of the home. Carpenter ants and termites love it when firewood is stacked right up against the house; it makes it so much easier for them to get in unnoticed. Landscaping bushes, vines, and shrubbery must also be cut back away from the home, and plants and mulches should be kept at least one foot from the foundation. Clip, rake, and prune away these bug bridges into your home.
Bigger pests, like raccoons, mice, squirrels, and chipmunks love dryer vents, attic vents, ripped screens, and foundation holes. Seal the house up as best you can by using mesh to keep these types of animals in the wild. Fill gaps and cracks in the foundation and around pipes, wires, and cables with caulk or steel wool to keep the smaller animals from finding their way in. Caulk and epoxy will help keep the bugs out come spring also.
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