Everything you need to know about pests
Keeping your home safe from creepy crawlies is always a priority, but did you know that there are special precautions you need to take to protect your home during a storm from pests desperate to escape the nasty weather? A little preparation now can save you a lot of trouble later when it comes to pest prevention, but it can be overwhelming when you don’t know where to begin.
Fortunately, there are simple steps that you can take to safeguard your home from unwanted intruders. Here are some important steps you can take so that when a storm is headed your way, your home will be prepared:
Make Sure to Keep Your Structure Is Sound
Ensuring that your home does not have any weak entry points can be a game-changer when a storm is about to sweep in. Sealing any cracks near windows or doorways with caulk protects you from the bugs that want to seek shelter in your home - and making sure that you check any areas that might allow entry can help you prevent having unwanted creepy crawly guests in your living spaces.
Repair Past Water Damage Promptly
If your home has any damage from previous storms, make sure that you have those issues assessed and repaired as soon as possible so that when another storm arises, you won't find yourself dealing with even more damage. It's easy to think "Oh, nothing too bad will happen in the short run," but past water damage compounded with fresh storm damage is a recipe for disaster. Up-to-date maintenance can make a world of difference in the long run!
Don’t Leave Debris Lying Around
Pests thrive in untidy spaces. Bear in mind that if you have debris in, for example, your garage, a storm may cause pests to seek out that space to hide. The good news is, you can avoid that messy scenario by keeping clutter - such as full garbage bags - to a minimum. While no one can one hundred percent guarantee that they won’t find any pests after a storm, getting rid of debris is an incredibly important step in minimizing the chances.
Ensure That Water Drains After the Storm
No one wants to deal with a mosquito infestation in their yard, so don’t have any areas around your house that will keep standing water after the storm. Drain any wheelbarrows, fountains, or other basins in your yard promptly if they are holding stagnant water. A little productivity in this area can save you many an itchy evening.
Protecting Your Home In All Weather
When it comes down to it, these are good practices regardless of whether or not your region experiences bad weather frequently, but it is especially important when inclement conditions often force pests to seek shelter. Taking steps to safeguard your home can be tremendously beneficial - not to mention that it can save you a headache or two - and your home will be all the better for your foresight.