Pest Proofing Your Living Environment
Who Invited Them?
Maybe You Invited Them
Employing exclusion techniques, otherwise known as pest-proofing, is the most effective way to manage pests in your living environment. Denying pests an invitation into your home is the first step in the battle of pest control!
Inspecting the Gaps, Cracks and Crevices
If you have rodents or other critters in your home, you may want to get up on a ladder to do an inspection of all eaves and roofline areas. Garage doors and entryway doors must have a good seal at the base so that mice and rats cannot enter. Inspect the flashing around the fireplace and look at areas around all pipes and drains. Do not allow any sort of gap between the wall or floor and the pipe or drain. Any space that is a quarter of an inch or more can allow rodents entry to your home.
It Came In Through the Bathroom Window
Keep your windows screened! If you insist on having no screens on your windows, remember that Mother Nature can come in freely, and sometimes Mother Nature is hungry and pesky.
Come Up For Air
Venting the crawl space under your house allows the space to dry out. The air flow also renders the area unfavorable for mildew growth, decay fungi and wood destroying organisms like termites.
Nuisance wildlife such as rabbits can be excluded from gardens and landscape plantings with fencing. Birds can be banished from fruit crops by covering trees, bushes, or vines with plastic netting.
The use of yellow light bulbs instead of the more conventional white bulbs outside entrances, on patios or in driveways will attract fewer kinds of insects.
Glue boards for cockroaches and traps for wildlife are other examples of devices that can be used to keep pests away from homes and plants.