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How to Keep Pests Out of Your Home

Pests, when they’re outdoors are part of the world’s ecosystem and play a vital role in our world. When they sneak inside our homes, that vital role disappears and they simply become an annoyance or a possible health hazard. And to anyone how’s had to deal with animals trapped in the ventilation system, it’s not pleasant at all. Fortunately, it’s pretty simple to prevent insects, birds, rodents, and other vermin from even making it into your home at all.

Where to Look

Animals and insects are looking for warm and dry places during the winter. While you won’t see many insects during the winter due to the cold, there are still a few about, especially if they managed to get inside your home before the cold hit. Any space that’s open, large enough for entrance, warm, and dry is an easy target for pests, especially if they can smell food somewhere nearby.

Check for exterior openings. Look at vents, exhausts, window seams, and door jambs. Any of these can leave an opening for small animals or bugs to enter through. The vents and exhausts on your roof are another likely candidate for entry. Vents are very warm places, making them enticing for winter birds and non-hibernating animals. But even in the summer, these spots are envied as nests and burrows for animals (which is why we recommend checking them before starting your furnace for the first time each year).

These are some of the more disastrous entrances, they can be hard to find and pests usually get trapped in walls or ventilation ducts when they do finally find a way in. The trapped animals either force their way into your home, damaging walls and ventilation units, or starve and die in the walls and vents. Neither of these results are great, so preventing initial entry is key.

Look for potential havens or attractions near your home. Large bushes, trees or other havens to pests that are too near to your home act as an attractor. Having a gap between your home and vermin refuges can provide enough of a difference so they don’t get close enough to find these entrances. Keeping any potential food sources (i.e. garbage) locked up and away from your home will also help to limit attracting pests.

Fix These problems

Of course, the first thing you want to do is seal up any entrances. Wall damage, gaps in window sills and door jambs, and broken screens are all targets for immediate repair. Not only do these issues present a delightful temptation for pests, they also reduce the energy-efficiency of your home by creating drafts and leaks in the insulation of your home.

Keeping a clean yard is key to minimizing the damages caused by vermin. Mowed lawns, trimmed hedges, and pruned trees allow you to keep an orderly space where it’s more difficult for potential visitors to hid before making their way to your home.

Finally, close your doors. Don’t leave the garage door open if you don’t want to find visitors inside. If your home has a pet door, make sure it’s installed properly. Of course, these doors are designed to allow animals to move in and out of a home, so keep that in mind if you’re worried about larger unexpected visitors. Even so, make sure the door is closing correctly so it can effectively block out bugs and insects.

If you’d like a full inspection of your heating system, don’t hesitate to call us at (217) 866-1596.