When the outdoor temperature drops, rodents, bugs, and other pests try to escape the cold. One place they really enjoy shacking up for the winter is inside your home. When summer arrives, a new set of critters come around to visit. Keeping these pests out of the house is not difficult but it requires some work. If they are unable to get in, you will not need to worry about how to get them out of the house.
You will need:
Step 1: Examine the exterior walls from both outside and inside the home. Identify spots where light comes in through wall cracks. Feel the walls for air movement because this may indicate unseen cracks. A mouse can fit through a dime-sized hole and a creature the size of a raccoon needs only a six-inch opening. Sealing cracks keeps these and other creatures out and makes the home more energy efficient.
Step 2: The entry points most commonly used are doors and windows. Inspect screens for holes and tears and make sure screens are fitted onto windows or doors that are left open. Use foam or caulk to seal cracks around door and window frames. Make sure the door sweep and weather-stripping are in good condition because these seal the moving areas of the door.
Step 3: Some holes, like those under cupboards, exist for a reason. If a series of holes are supposed to be there, they will be evenly spaced. Fit them with screens to keep out unwanted critters.
Step 4: Plants and bushes located near the house are the perfect spots for pests to hide. When the door to the home opens, the creatures dart inside and set up their new home. To prevent this from happening, remove weeds and leaves from the area around the home and keep a one to two foot plant-free perimeter around exterior walls.
Step 4: In many cases, holes created during installations or remodels are not sealed. Inspect the area behind the washing machine, dishwasher, and other appliances to identify any unsealed spots. After electrical and plumbing work is completed on the home, double-check the area to ensure that no holes remain.
Step 5: At minimum, check the home at the beginning of each winter and when summer approaches.