While no homeowner wants pests to join them in their house, many homeowners are sending mixed signals to those pests. How can you enforce a “no vacancy” signal instead? Here are some tips and why certain pests are getting into your house. Strong pest managementin Nashville is the key to making sure they get the message.
Whether the pests in question are insects or rodents, pests get into your home because they are looking for:
- Warmth in winter
- Protection from heat in summer
All of these reasons are why your home is so attractive to pests. This is why they have to be eliminated or controlled.
How Pests Are Getting In
Pests are gaining entry into your home through:
1. Pets and Pet Doors
Any opening in your home that allows your cat or dog to come and go as they please will also allow pests to come and go as they please. Reconsider having these entry points in the first place, or seal existing ones up. Your pets can also be responsible for bringing in fleas, mites, lice, and other pests and parasites.
A cozy fireplace may be appealing to you on a cold night, but insects like spiders and ants can hitch a ride inside on your fire logs. Be sure to only bring wood inside as you burn it and leave the rest outside. Don’t store firewood in your home or on the hearth for long periods of time. Outside, store firewood off the ground and 50 feet or more from your home. Wood piles attract termites and carpenter ants, and you don’t want those getting into your house easily.
3. Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lights can attract thousands of bugs after being on for only an hour, mostly due to the bulbs’ temperature and wavelength. Consider installing bug lights that use a light spectrum that’s less attractive to insects. Use these in lights closest to your home and install motion sensor lights as well, which will also serve to limit the appeal.
4. Clogged Gutters
Clear debris from your clogged rain gutters to prevent pest infestation. Clogged gutters cause water to pool and back up onto your roof. This leads to damage that invites insects to get inside. Cracks in roofs give squirrels and other rodents an entry point into your attic. Insects love clogged gutters because they offer warm and moist environments. Birds will also feed off that plant material and damage your gutters.
5. Dirty Dishes
Food scraps on dishes are a big welcome sign to insects and rodents. Even if you leave your pots and pans filled with water and soap to soak overnight, this doesn’t help because many insects are attracted to water sources. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight. No matter how inconvenient, wash them before bed!
Contact PureGuard Pest Control
If insects and other pests do make it into your home, call our Nashville pest control technicians at 615-502-2855. get free quote