It happens to the best of us – one flaw in the infrastructure of your home, or small critter that traveled inside with you, and suddenly you’ve got an infestation that you never planned on having to fight. At Pestend, our top priority is ensuring that any and all vermin that try to make a home in your house are swiftly removed with minimal exposure to harmful chemicals for your family and the environment. You can rest assured that if this does happen, we’ve got your back.
But did you also know there are a few things you can do to reduce the chance of a pest, including insects and animals, making itself comfortable in your home? Below, we’ve outlined some of the things you should routinely check out and keep an eye on in your home, in order to spot critters when they first arrive and prevent them from coming back.
Keeping Pests Out of Your Home: The Best Preventative Measures
- Regular Roof Maintenance
One of the easiest routes that larger animals – including squirrels and raccoons – use to find a way into your home is through your roof. An attic is a particularly cozy spot for these critters to make a nest, and they tend to seek out the heat of a house during colder weather.
To make sure that your home doesn’t become theirs as well, make sure you have regular roof maintenance and inspections. Holes should be repaired immediately, when it comes to both your shingles, and especially siding and eavestroughs. Anywhere that one edge of your home meets another is a potential spot for a hole to open up if there are any gaps between materials – pay extra attention to corners and adjoining sections of your roof for problem areas.
You’ll also want to make sure that any vents or chimneys have been properly protected. A cap for every chimney on your home is essential, as are cages and mesh that keep out mice and other animals. Rodents have an incredible ability to climb up drain pipes and even brick walls, and can squeeze their bodies through very tight spaces. It’s important that the infrastructure of your home does the job of keeping these pests outside.
It’s also good to have regular roof maintenance so that you can spot any infestations from even smaller beings when they’re getting started. To a trained eye, termites and other pests leave behind signs that they’ve been in your home and might be continuing to wreak havoc on your space. Regularly getting your attic and roof inspected will help you to stop big pest problems before they start.
- Regular Tree Maintenance
As we mentioned earlier, rodents have incredible climbing abilities, and make their way through suburbs and cities using their own treetop network of branches, utility poles and buildings. To make it less easy for them to get to your home in the first place, make sure you regularly trim the trees around your home and keep the branches at least a few feet away from your roof. It may not prevent 100% of determined critters from scaling your house, but it’s one less thoroughfare they have to use for making it into your roof.
On another note, large tree branches are ideal places for wasps and bees to start their nests. The farther away you can keep the growth of the branches from your home, the less likely you are to be close neighbours with an active hive before you can have it properly removed. Remember that wasps and bees have a system of seeking out new places to live, even while they’re inhabiting an active hive, as a survival method. The farther away you can keep them from discovering a corner of your home as a nice new place to live, the better. Inspecting your trees on a regular basis will also help you to spot new hives at their earliest stages, and allow you to remove them before they become a big problem.
- Make Your Garden as Unappealing to Animals as Possible
When it comes to pest prevention, you can think of your garden as a gateway to your home for potential small invaders. Animals will likely test the perimeter of your property for things to eat or places to nest before making their way closer to your house. The more you can do to make your yard as uninhabitable as possible for them, the less likely they’ll be to encroach on your actual house.
There are a number of things that repel animals like skunks and raccoons that don’t bother humans or the vegetation in your garden. One thing that seems to really annoy skunks are citrus-based fruits – placing lemon peels around your garden that will eventually act as fertilizer can also give off a scent that will keep skunks away.
Motion-sensor lights are also something that tends to scare away animals who have crept into your yard – installing one on a fence near your garden or patio, or on your porch, can help to shoo away pests without any actual physical effort on your part.
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Despite your best efforts, sometimes critters are more persistent than we expect, and can set up shop in your house. For any and all pest removal – be it larger animals or hard-to-spot insects – Pestend has you covered. We do not use chemicals that are harmful to your home or family during our process, and we do our utmost to remove animals in a humane and environmentally-friendly way. For your peace of mind, contact Pestend in the event that you need any unwanted guests out of your house, so that you can get back to enjoying your home.