Let’s face it – no one wants a pest infestation. Although that’s true, infestations can and do happen in all parts of the country. The best defense against having to call someone for pest removal services is to be proactive about preventing pests from entering your home. If that’s something you’re interested in, contact us to learn about our preventive pest control in Charlotte, N.C., and surrounding areas.
Tips to Keep Pests Out of Your Home
In addition to using our preventive pest control services to keep critters out of your attic, basement, and other storage areas, there’s one critical thing you might be able to do on your own – block the pests’ entry points. For example, if there are cracks in your home’s foundation, seal them with mortar or stuff mesh or bronze wool into them. Are there gaps between your door and door frame? Close off the gaps with weatherstripping.
One of the keys to preventing pests from taking up residence in your home is to block every conceivable entry point. Remember – mice can get through a dime-size hole, so don’t neglect even the tiniest possible point of entry.
Just like you need to take steps to prevent critters from getting into your storage spaces, you also need to eliminate the things that might tempt them to enter your home. Keep your food in impenetrable storage bins. Eliminate standing water from inside and nearby your home. Reduce humidity in moist rooms by running a dehumidifier or employing a product like Damp Rid. Stow the items you’re putting into a storage area in sealed plastic bins so your unwanted guests can’t access what’s inside.
Signs You Have Pests in Your Storage Areas
No matter how vigilant you might be, there’s always a chance a determined pest may still breach the walls of your home. It’s important to keep your eyes, ears, and nose on alert for any sign that pests have invaded your home because the consequences of an infestation can be physically and financially devastating.
Depending on the type of pests that are in your home, here are some of the signs you may notice:
- Scurrying noises
- Feces or droppings
- Smell of urine
- Gnawed boxes
- Missing or matted-down insulation
- Greasy marks
- Holes in the walls or wallpaper
Consequences of Having Pests in Your Residence
In many cases, the potential consequences of having pests in your home are dire. For starters, pests can be a threat to your health because some of them carry diseases. Mosquitoes can carry the Zika virus or the West Nile virus, for example. Pests can also carry or create allergens that can cause you or your family members to have an allergic reaction. In severe cases, allergic reactions caused by pests can be fatal.
Pests aren’t just a threat to your well-being, they’re also a danger to your property. Moths can eat their way through blankets and clothing before they’re even noticed. Termites and/or powderpost beetles can damage your home’s wooden structure, which may cost thousands of dollars to fix.
Rodents like mice and rats can destroy insulation and chew their way through walls, ceilings, floors, and wiring. In fact, rodents are such a nuisance they’re believed to be the culprits behind as many as 25 percent of all house fires in the U.S.
If you need help protecting yourself and your home from damaging, health-threatening pests, you can count on Action Pest Exterminating Co. Schedule an appointment now!