The old saying goes that a person’s home is his (or her) castle, but how solid are your ramparts? Infestations of bugs, rats, and other vermin may have been part of living in a medieval castle, but in the modern home, there is no reason why you should have to accept these unwelcome home invasions. In fact, you can slam the door on them before they ever get a foothold in your castle. One of the best tried-and-true methods of do-it-yourself pest control is the practice of sealing cracks and crevices that act as main entry points for pests trespassing into your home.
Sealing Cracks and Crevices for Pest Control
You would be surprised how little space pests need to gain entry to your home. Even larger pests like rats can wriggle through some pretty tight spaces – some smaller than a nickel – and smaller insects may be able to get in through cracks you would have difficulty putting a credit card into. Every crack or crevice you can seal reduces the chance of infestation by eliminating one point of entry. If you want to roll up your sleeves and make your home a little safer, follow this handy checklist to lock pests out of your house.
Sealing Home Exteriors to Keep Pests Out
Step One: Get Ready for Inspection
- Wear appropriate attire for crawling in confined, dirty spaces or between bushes.
- Acquire a telescopic mechanic mirror or tape a mirror to a broomstick.
- Put insect spray nearby in case you find a surprise that can bite or sting.
- Have colored tape or flags to mark spots for sealing or repair.
Step Two: Search Thoroughly
- Begin where pests have been spotted in the past.
- Check known trouble areas such as around pipes, vents, and electrical conduits.
- Look for damage and cracks around the perimeter of the home.
Step Three: Check the roof
- Use a step ladder for a safer vantage point.
- Pay special attention to where plants or branches touch the roof.
- Closely inspect eaves and gutters for signs of damage, dry rot, or infestation.
Step Four: Seal Walls and Foundations
- Use caulk to fill cracks around trouble areas.
- Install mesh screens to cover larger gaps.
- Contact professionals to repair significant construction deficiencies or damage.
After completing these 4 steps, remember to repeat them periodically throughout the year in case new cracks, crevices, or gaps appear.
Need Help with a Sealing Job? Help is One Call Away
Sometimes a job is just too big, crack damage too severe, or you may not have the expertise to make sure all cracks and crevices are found and filled. They may be in a difficult-to-access space or at an unmanageable height that requires special equipment. If you find you need help with any job, large or small, call the experts here at University Termite and Pest Control. With just one call, you can schedule a no-obligation, pest control consultation.