You might think just because you keep your yard mowed that your home is free of pests. However, your home may have pests hiding where you might not see them. And habits you and your family have or aspects of your home may be contributing to the problem.
- Grass Clippings
You need to do more than just mow your grass. This does reduce your pest population, but the reminisce of yard clippings will become havens for nuisances. Insects and other pests, especially rodents, will build nests or use the clippings to hide. If you should happen to leave clippings out over the colder months, these trimmings become a warm place for animals to reside. Keep in mind, your risk of pests increases the longer you leave piles of grass in your yard. Any water within the grass hut is ideal for insects who love moisture.
- Clogged Gutters
Clogged gutters can lead to a number of household problems such as roof damage and damage to your foundation. The contents clogging the gutters provide mosquitoes and other similar pests with a paradise because of the moisture and cover it supplies. If your gutters are clogged, it reduces the amount of water that’ll drain from your roof. As the water accumulates in your gutters, it attracts mosquitoes and other wildlife. Mosquitoes, in particular, only need a one-half inch of water to breed.
- Wood Piles
Wood creates a hotel for critters, especially if you have a huge pile of logs. Animals will hide underneath the logs while termites will consume the wood. The creatures will leave the infested wood pile and make their way to your home.
Your home doesn’t have to be filthy to attract bugs and rodents. You don’t have to have food lying around, either. Both rodents and insects are attracted to piles of clutter because they can hide.
- Cracks Around Your Home
Cracks around your door and windows are prime areas for insects to enter. The cracks don’t have to be huge for a mouse to enter, either. You should seal around your doors and windows to keep out pests. You should evaluate the foundation and walls for cracks where animals can enter. Examine utility lines, plumbing and appliance vents for cracks. Sealing your home helps you save energy while it protects your home from invaders.
Leaking pipes cause water to build up on the surface around and on where the leak is. Dripping faucets do the same. Any plumbing that’s not working right contributes to mosquitoes and other animals because the moisture is where certain creatures thrive.
- Outdoor Pet Dishes
If you have a water or food dish or both outdoors, you’re attracting bugs. They like the food and water because it meets their basic needs. The water alone causes mosquitoes.
- Rotted Fascia or Shingles
If you have shingles or a fascia that’s rotting or even ones that have any damage, you have an area prone to pests. The rotting shingles attract animals and give them a home.
- Siding Touching Soil
When soil comes into contact with your siding, it’ll rot your siding, which attracts ants and sometimes termites. All mulch and soil should be removed from around your siding, staircase or deck posts.
- Poor Drainage
Anywhere in your yard that doesn’t have adequate drainage will have puddles of water, ideal for pests. The yard needs to be landscaped, so the water flows downward without puddling in the lawn.
Pests can damage your home. You could also find these pests could make you and your family sick. You’re able to prevent or eliminate them by scheduling an appointment with Clark’s Termite & Pest Control, Inc. to protect your home or have pests removed. You can contact us at 866-781-4991.