When you are attempting to avoid pest infestations it is useful to be aware of conducive conditions that can indirectly or directly result in such a situation. Here are eight common conditions that can contribute to pests invading your home and what you can do to solve the issue.
Siding That Encounters Soil
Soil that touches the siding can result in rotting, which is an open invitation to moisture ants, carpenter ants, and in some cases termites. To prevent this, you can dig any soil or mulch away from deck posts, siding, and wooden deck staircases. Ensure there is enough clearance around the bottom of the siding and the home’s foundation must be clearly visible.
Mulch Or Soil That Is Graded Towards Your Home
Flowing water can result in decay on the siding and lead to basement or crawl space flooding. The mulch or soil areas must be graded away from your house so that water cannot build up against it.
Branches From Shrubs Or Trees Touching Your Roof Or The Siding
Rodents and ants avoid pest control treatments by walking over branches to gain entry to the roof. Any shrubs against the house can retain moisture against the siding, escalating the rot process and subsequently lure a variety of pests. To eradicate this issue, cut back shrubs or trees in a radius of at least three feet from the house. Sometimes, it is best to remove the shrubs or trees entirely. If you suspect you already have a serious pest control issue, contact Bigfoot pest control immediately to assist you.
Gaps Surrounding Your Crawl Space
Rodents obtain access to the crawl space underneath the house and cause damage to the insulation, plastic vapor barrier, and wiring with their constant gnawing, urine, and feces. This is often undetected until they eventually gain access to your living space. A new crawl space must be made with an access door that fits properly. The broken vent screens must also be replaced or fixed. Make sure galvanized quarter-inch hardware cloth is used as screen material. Contingent on the kind of foundation vent frame, weather-resistant and heavy-duty adhesive, screws, or stainless-steel staples must be used for attaching the screen.
Damaged or Missing Vent Screens
Rats, birds, or bats gain access to the attic which results in bad odor, damage, and possible health issues. Re-screen all affected areas with galvanized quarter-inch hardware cloth and use stainless steel screws or staples for attaching the screen.
Water overflows the gutters and flows down the siding, causing decay which invites pests. Standing water is also the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Make sure gutters are cleaned frequently.
Downspouts Which Are Disconnected
This means that water is not draining away from the house, but rather underneath it, causing decay or moisture issues, which attracts pests. Make sure all the downspouts are properly attached and an elbow is installed to drain the water away from your home.
Firewood Stored Next To The House
Any wood items that are stored too close to the house are the perfect place for harboring various insects. Carpenters ants especially like to make stored firewood their home and often take up residence inside the walls that the wood is stacked against.