Pest Proofing to Secure Your Home
What’s the best way to get rid of pests in your home? Most people would expect the answer to be something like fumigation or spraying pesticide. This is wrong. The best way to get rid of pests is by preventing them from coming inside in the first place. Yes, with pest proofing you can stop pests getting inside, and avoid dealing with this problem in the first place. But what does this actually involve?
How to implement pest proofing in your home
The most common way that pests get into your home is through cracks and holes in your walls. The first steps of pest proofing then, is to closely examine the perimeter of your home and seal these up. With our professional service and maintenance contracts, we will make a close inspection and look for anywhere that pests might enter. Once these places are found they will be filled with putty. Depending on the situation we may also place wire mesh over the hole.
Preventing pests also involves closing up things like drains and gutters. This is also done with wire mesh. We may also use rat blockers. This is basically a device which fits over your drain or gutter. It allows water to exit but prevents rats from climbing into the drain or up the gutter.
We may also advise you on other aspects of pest proofing and pest safety. For example, something which often attracts pests are your dustbins. You may need to seal them up or move your dustbins. It’s also recommended that you get dustbins which have secure lids. In some particularly bad cases, it’s advised to move your dustbins off the ground.
What about the garden?
Pest proofing can also extend to your garden. Pests are attracted to wild and overgrown gardens, and gardens that are messy. To stop these pests, you’ll have to trim back your garden and remove refuse and garden rubbish. This is something that we often help homeowners with.
Pests are also attracted to gardens where there is food to be found. This food may come from fruit trees or vegetable patches in the garden. It can also come from pet food and bird feeders. In order to prevent this we may have to do certain things. Quite often this involves creating some kind of barrier which is a fine form of DIY pest control.
For example, vegetable patches can be enclosed, and small bushes covered in with screens. Something you’ll also have to consider is removing bird feeders or take care which one you get. You’ll also have to be more careful with pet food. Ideally, you’ll monitor pets while they eat. The bottom line is that pest-proofing is a method of pest control works. By preventing pests from getting into your home, you will ultimately save yourself the trouble of getting rid of them.