ECO-Guard Pest Solutions Homeowner Tips
What can YOU do to make your home a little “less” attractive to pests?

Indoor Tips:

  • Check for plumbing leaks and seal gaps around pipes. Do this everywhere, but especially behind cabinetry. Water shouldn’t be allowed to accumulate anywhere in or around your home.
  • Check grout around bathtubs and toilets. A good caulk seal assures that even the smallest insects can’t enter.
  • Clear your attic of clutter. Clearing out clutter and using sealed plastic storage containers prevents insects from nesting inside.
  • Avoid garage clutter. Pests always seek shelter in colder weather. Your garage affords easy access. Clutter on the garage floor gives pests plenty of places to breed, feed and harbor.
  • Avoid basement clutter. Once pests get in they need a place to hide. Clutter in the basement makes it easy for them to go unnoticed and difficult for you to see them before populations explode.
  • Store food in tightly sealed containers or in the refrigerator. This cuts off potential food sources for pests.
  • Don’t leave pet food or water out overnight. This eliminates a possible food source when pest activity typically increases.
  • Keep stored items off the floor. Pests like mice, crickets and spiders look for hiding places. Place you storage containers on shelves keeping the ground clear.
  • Keep air conditioning filters clean. Dirty filters can lead to moisture build-up, which is a magnet for pests

Outdoor Tips:

  • Trim trees and shrubs away from your home. Overgrown landscaping holds moisture against your house, provides shelter, and affords access to the roof-line. Clear at least an 18-24 inch buffer between shrubs and your house. If conditions are good for pests, they will come!
  • Use stone rather than mulch. Mulch holds moisture against your foundation. Pests need moisture and shelter. Stone dries much quicker.
  • Remove debris and keep woodpiles away from your home’s foundation. This helps prevent rodent nesting or insect colonization next to your home.
  • Outside doorways must be tightly sealed. If light can be seen around or under a door, then insects can gain access inside your home. If you’re able to slide a pencil beneath a door, then rodents can easily gain access.
  • Repair torn screens. Screening is possibly the best pest management device ever created. Broken screens are a prime entry point for pests.
  • Seal around soffits. Open eaves and soffits allow easy access foraging wildlife.
  • Screen attic fans and gable vents. This keeps insects like Stink Bugs from getting inside the roof or attic space.
  • Seal around conduits and pipe chases where they enters the structure. Many insects and rodents follow power lines or climb conduits and pipes to get inside your home.
  • Check gutter drains to ensure water is kept away from your home. This helps discourage moisture build-up adjacent to your home.
  • Remove excess leaves from the roof and rain gutters. This keeps ants and other insects from breeding under the build-up.
  • Caulk all cracks and crevices. Check and seal under window frames and around pipes entering the side of your home to keep insects from entering.
  • Keep trash cans clean and lids sealed. This keeps ants, and flies from feeding and breeding in the trash.
  • Keep the garage door closed and ensure weather stripping is in good condition.
  • Ensure your irrigation system is functioning properly. Make sure water doesn’t accumulate near the foundation or spray onto your home.
  • Guide air conditioner drip line away from the foundation. Extend the piping at least 2 feet.

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