You’ve probably heard this term at some point or another: pest-proof your home. But just WHAT does that mean? Quite simply, “proofing” is taking maintenance action to remove conditions that may invite pests into your home.
If you’re an Ehrlich pestfree365 customer, your pest specialist will do many of these items for you. However, if you enjoy the do-it-yourself aspect of home care, here are a few key areas for pest-proofing and some good advice to follow to do it properly.
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Where to proof
- Patch or seal cracks and crevices, around windows and doors or where a building foundation meets the structure.
- Seal gaps around pipes, vents and cabling, such as laundry areas.
- Patch holes in screens or replace ill-fitting screens.
- Install a chimney cap.
- Verify eaves and roof overhangs are sealed properly.
What to use
Proper proofing can help increase the integrity of your home and keep pests out. Improper proofing, however, can actually create more problems.
Materials used for sealing gaps, cracks, crevices and holes should be durable and pest-deterrent. Some recommended materials that are easy to use include:
- Silicone sealant / flexible caulk
- Copper mesh / steel wool
- Expandable foam
Door sweeps can also be installed at the bottom of doors to prevent insect pests from easily crawling into your home. These can also boost your energy efficiency by not allowing heat and cool air to escape under doors.
When to do it
While some repairs can be made year-round, it’s important to note that when sealing cracks and crevices, you should wait until it has been consistently warm for several weeks before conducting the work. This gives pests that have spent the winter in these spaces a chance to escape. If you accidentally seal overwintering pests into the walls, it can sometimes create secondary pest issues.
Conducting a do-it-yourself home inspection in the early spring and early fall each year can help you stay on top of minor proofing so that your home stays strong against pests year-round.
For all of you questions and concerns about pests of all kinds, be sure to reach out to your local Ehrlich pest control specialist to discuss what we can do for you.