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. Here are some habits you and your family may have or aspects of your home that could be contributing to the problem.
1. Grass Clippings
Although mowing your grass may help to reduce your pest problem, unfortunately any leftover yard clippings will become havens for pests and other nuisances. Insects and other pests, especially rodents, will build nests or use the clippings to hide. If you should happen to leave grass clippings out during 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.
2. Clogged Gutters
Clogged gutters can lead to a number of household problems such as roof damage and damage to your foundation. But did you know that the contents clogging the gutters provide mosquitoes and other pests with a paradise because of the moisture and cover it supplies? If your gutters are clogged, it reduces the amount of water that can 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.
3. Wood Piles
Wood creates a hotel for critters, especially if you have a huge pile of logs. Small animals can hide underneath logs, while termites may move in to consume the wood.
Your home doesn’t have to be filthy to attract bugs and rodents. You don’t have to have food lying around either. Insects are often attracted to piles of clutter because it provides them a place where they can hide.
5. Cracks Around Your Home
Cracks around your doors and windows are prime areas for insects and small rodents to enter. Make sure you seal areas around doors and windows to help keep out pests. You should also evaluate the foundation and walls for cracks where animals could potentially enter. Additionally, take the time to examine utility lines, plumbing and appliance vents for cracks. Sealing your home helps you save energy while also helping to protect your home from invaders.
Leaking pipes and dripping faucets can cause water buildup. Any plumbing that is not working correctly can contribute to mosquitoes and other pests making their way into your home because the moisture is where certain creatures thrive.
7. Outdoor Pet Dishes
If you have a water or food dish for your pet outdoors, even if they are under a covered area, they are probably attracting bugs. Pests often flock to open food and water sources.
8. Rotted Fascia or Shingles
If you have shingles or a fascia that have damage or are even rotting, you have an area that could be prone to pests.
9. Poor Drainage
Anywhere in your yard that doesn’t have adequate drainage will have puddles of water, ideal for pests. Your yard should be landscaped so that water flows downward without puddling.
10. Dirty Dishes
Last, but certainly no least, dirty dishes left in the sink are a place where pests flock to. This is also something that many homeowners struggle to keep under control. The moisture combined with leftover food particles, no matter how small they may be, offers an easy food and water source to pests of all kinds. Make sure to keep your sink dish-free and as clean as possible.
To find out more or to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Clark’s Pest Control today!