The solution to nearly every household pest problem starts with keeping the pests out of your home in the first place. While it sounds simple enough in theory, we wanted to give you some practical tips on how to actually do this. There are three main areas of your home’s exterior that need to be addressed: the roof, walls and foundation, and windows and doors. Let’s get started…
You do not see the very top of your home on a daily basis, so it is important to regularly examine your roof, shingles, and eaves for potential problems.
- Chimney and Vents: Some of the largest holes in your home are your chimney and attic vents, yet people rarely take the time to cover them. Buy a roll of fine wire mesh at your local home improvement store. Cut a piece large enough to cover any openings on your roof and nail it across. Although these openings cannot be completely sealed, the fine mesh will create a barrier to entrance and discourage pests from coming into your home. You should also apply a thin layer of caulk around the base of any vents or evaporative coolers.
- Shingles: Check your shingles to make sure they are in good condition. Replace any broken ones and check for evidence of any termite activity. Early detection can save you money and protect your home.
Walls and Foundation
Moving down from the roof, next examine the walls and foundation of your home. Be on the lookout for any gaps and/or cracks, even small ones. A mouse can squeeze through a hole as small as a quarter of an inch and insects and spiders much smaller.
- Small Cracks: Carry waterproof, silicone caulk with you as you do this examination. It takes only minutes to seal small cracks with a thin bead. Choose the variety of caulk that best fits your situation. Latex caulk can be painted over, while clear caulk is more flexible and less prone to drying out and cracking.
- Larger Gaps and Holes: These will require a bit more work to properly seal. Fill the holes with steel wool and then add expandable polyurethane foam. This will prevent mice and insects from gnawing through the foam.
Windows and Doors
Next, check around your windows and doors for gaps where they meet the exterior walls, as well as torn or missing screens or weatherstripping.
- Window Frames: Use your caulk to apply a thin bead around the outside of the entire window.
- Screens: If any window screens are missing or have holes in them, they should be replaced or fixed.
- Weatherstripping: The weatherstripping found around doors can sometimes turn brittle or get damaged. This weatherstripping can be easily removed and replaced to ensure a good seal when the door is closed.
Sealing up the exterior of your home takes a little bit of time and a few tools, but it can greatly reduce the stress and money spent on pest problems. Not only is sealing your home excellent at preventing things from entering your home, but it also makes your home more energy efficient and saves you money in the long run. Even with the best prevention efforts, sometimes more help is needed. Midwest Pest Control in Tulsa can assist you in any of your pest control needs. We want to work with you in your efforts to keep your family and home safe and pest-free.