Six Tips to Pest Proof Your Home for the Fall Season

by Barbara Lietke on 10/20/2017

Category: Seasonal,
Six Tips to Pest Proof Your Home for the Fall Season

Six Tips to Pest Proof Your Home for the Fall Season

As football season heats up, and outdoor temperatures cool down, now is the time to start thinking about not only weather-proofing, but bug-proofing your home.  Below you will find some simple tips that can help keep your fall season comfortable and bug free.

  1. Check your screens- Carefully examine all window and door screens from both the inside and outside, checking for holes, snags, or damage around the casement. Simple kits can be purchased from the hardware store to repair any small holes yourself for a minimal investment. If there are any gaps or holes around the casement, fill them with caulk. Not only will this keep out pests, it will help your heating bill too! Remember, any hole large enough to slip a pencil into is large enough to give entrance to a small mouse and countless insects.
  2. Consider installing self-closing doors- If you have pets or children going in and out on a frequent basis, consider installing simple self-closing door kits on all exterior doors. These kits are relatively inexpensive, can be found at hardware stores, and are easily installed by the average homeowner. This will help keep out all manner of pests year round.
  3. Inspect door seals- Carefully inspect all door seals, including underneath the door. If you can see sunlight on the other side of the door, install weather stripping around the sides. To keep insects from crawling under your door, install a sturdy steel or aluminum threshold under the door. For even better protection, combine this with a door sweep. A sweep is a cheap device that can be found at most hardware stores, and helps to cover the gap between a threshold and the door bottom. Choose nylon brush sweeps over vinyl or neoprene, as they offer the best protection against bugs.
  4. Repair cracks- Given the very small size of most insects, it isn’t surprising that they can gain entrance to your home through even the tiniest of cracks in the exterior of your home. Examine the outside of your house and foundation with a critical eye. Replace or repair broken siding, seal any cracks in the foundation with cement or grout, and repair any cracks between bricks with new grout or replace damaged bricks if necessary.  Inspect the roofline for gaps in the soffit or fascia board that can admit entrance to stinging insects like wasps.
  5. Seal around pipes- Inspect for gaps around any gas and water pipes as well as where your cable or internet comes into your home. While some installers are more mindful of home owners, many will cut corners and not seal around the edges, leaving large openings for all manner of insects or rodents to gain access. Fill smaller gaps or cracks using pipe sealants or caulk. For larger openings, look for expandable polyurethane foam.
  6. Cover large openings- Some of the most common entry points for not just bugs and wasps, but raccoons, bats, and squirrels are the larger holes of chimneys and roof vents. While you can’t exactly seal these holes completely, you can make sure they are covered with a fine metal mesh often called hardwire cloth. Other options for your chimney exist as well such as pre-made chimney caps. Also make sure that any dampers open and close properly.

 

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