There are a lot of different things you can do to reduce the chances of pests getting into your home. From clearing up in your backyard, to cleaning the inside of your house, to hiring a professional pest control to do monthly inspections of your house. Besides these tactics, one of the most effective ways to keep pests out is to close off your house completely, so that it’s impossible for them to make their way in.
It only takes a tiny space for bugs to get into your house, and if you leave an opening, they will absolutely take advantage of it. This is the reason why it’s important to walk around your house and search for any holes, cracks or gaps where pests might use to get into your home. The general rule of thumb is to check for any holes or gaps that light can shine through. One thing you can do to close up these is weather stripping. Weather stripping can be purchased at any hardware store, and is used to line windows and doors to seal up your house. An added perk to using weather stripping is that it also keeps heat and cold that you generate from your heater or AC, in your house, saving you some money.
If you spot a hole, the best way to fill it in is by using silicone caulking. When deciding on a caulking, make sure you check the label to make sure you choose one that keeps air and moisture out over a long period of time. Acrylic caulking is also available, but it tends to crack and shrink over time, so you might want to stick to silicone.
When you buy caulking at your local hardware, if you’ve never used it before, you can ask the hardware store employees for a tutorial on how to use it. However, even if you don’t have someone to show you how to use it, it’s pretty simple to figure out. The first thing you’ll need to do is clean the surface you’re going to use the caulking on. Remove any old caulk that you see as well. The next thing you’ll do is use masking tape to create a straight edge around the crack to be filled.
Use a caulking gun, or your hands to squeeze the caulking from the tube onto the edges of the frame. Keep the level at which you’re squeezing it out as even as possible. Use your finger, or a caulk-smoothing tool to even out the caulking and seal the frame, or fill in the hole. Immediately after you’re finished applying, remove the masking tape. It’s important to remove the tape before the caulking dries, since pulling the tape away at that point would remove the caulking along with the caulking you just applied.
As we said before, the process of applying caulk is fairly simple and easy to do, but it will go a long way in keeping your house pest-free. After all, the pests won’t be able to infest your home if they have no way of getting in.
If you’ve tried filling in all the access points of your house and you’re still dealing with pests, call your local pest control company and have them do an inspection. They’ll help you locate the access points that you may have missed, as well as eliminating the current infestation.