When moving into a new house, the last thing that you want to do is encourage pests to invade, but that’s exactly what many new homeowners do. Here are some common mistakes to look out for, to hopefully keep your new house pest free over time.
Leaving Entrances into the House
Many homeowners allow entrances to form into their home over time. Things like ripped screens, damaged door sweeps and broken window seals all allow pests inside. There could also be rotten wood, small holes that have developed and other openings into your home. As the new owner, it’s a good idea to do a thorough walkthrough of the house, and to inspect all of the outside as well.
Not Treating Water Issues
Many homes have water issues that homeowners aren’t aware of. A clogged downspout or gutter is all it takes to allow water to leak down your walls and create problems with rotting. When springtime rolls around, insects begin looking for new locations to call home. It’s up to you to take care of these problems before the insects find a nice moist section of your home that’s perfect for making a nest and invading.
Not Checking the Top and Bottom of the House
I know, I know, nobody wants to crawl down into that dark crawlspace, or to crouch around in that unfinished attic, but these are essential tasks necessary to keep your home free of pests. The moment that you go into these spaces, you’ll likely notice a few issues here and there. It’s up to you to investigate these potential problem areas to see if you have anything to resolve before you run into real pest issues. It won’t take you more than a few minutes to look through these spaces, and doing so could keep out squirrels, birds, rodents, and a whole bunch of insects that could prove problematic to your home.
As a new homeowner, there is plenty for you to look over at your house. If you don’t want to deal with this task on your own, or you really want to make sure you are protected, it’s a good idea to hire a professional to do the job for you. A qualified pest control expert will know what trouble areas to look for, and will likely be able to either seal them up for you, or point out all the problems that you have to take care of yourself.