Enjoy your Spring and Summer with These DIY Pest Control tips.
DIY Pest Control tips can help you minimize the number of bugs and pests you encounter in and around your home. Follow these tips and your Spring indoor and outdoor living is sure to become more livable.
1. Seal Gaps
Pest management professionals, like those at Palmetto Exterminators, utilizing integrated pest management will inspect areas around windows and plumbing penetrations for places where pest can gain entry to your home. Something as minimal as a tube of caulk can deter ants from finding their way into the house. It is also recommended to use fine steel wool around any exterior gaps larger than the size of your thumb to keep out mice.
2. Trim Vegetation
Vegetation like bushes and shrubs can become a highway for insects like ants and roaches. Tree limbs that are allowed to over hang the structure can become a hazard for carpenter ants and roaches, while vines that are allowed to grow up the structure are highways for carpenter ants, various species of black ants, and termites. Vegetation that is allowed to grow against the structure or over the house can also become a costly moisture concern. Palmetto Exterminators always recommends that a minimum clearance of 12 inches between the structure and vegetation.
3. Replace Rotten Wood
The best time to combat water born issues is when you begin to see that paint is peeling or cracking. Paint that is beginning to peel or crack is a sign that moisture has begun to intrude your wood. Try to figure out the source of the moisture issue, then scrape and repaint the area with the proper exterior grade paint. If the wood has begun to show signs of decay, replace it. Soft wood can become a breeding ground and habitat for carpenter ants and termites, leading to further damage and repairs.
4. Avoid standing water
It is no secret that most living things need to water to survive. Common pests are no different, in fact many insects like mosquitoes thrive in standing (keeping mosquitoes at bay). To keep insects like ants, roaches, and mosquitoes from breeding at faster rates, empty wheel barrows, throw away those black plastic planters your plants arrived in, and refresh water in bird baths every few days.
5. Maintain Garbage and Clutter
With the temperature rising, decomposition of organic material become more rapid and therefor is a great breeding ground for insects. During the next several months, make sure you seal all waste as air tight as possible and take the trash bin to the curb each week. If you compost, make sure your compost bin is as far away from the house a possible. While insects are beneficial for compost, then will find their way into the home if the bin is stored too close.
These DIY pest control tips, in combination with the Palmetto Exterminators quarterly pest control, will help make your indoor and outdoor quality of life more enjoyable for months to come. If you have any questions regarding pest control or any of Palmetto Exterminators services, please contact your local branch.