ECO-Guard Pest Solutions Homeowner Tips
What can YOU do to make your home a little “less” attractive to pests?
- 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
- 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.
Toll Free 1-855- I-GO-4-ECO (446-4326)