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Do It Yourself Tips

do it yourself pest controlThere are many things you as a homeowner can do to help prevent pests from getting into your home. Follow these simple tips provided by the National Pest Control Association to gain peace of mind:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house.
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  • Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood away from the house and off the ground.
  • Call a qualified pest professional for additional advice and treatment if necessary.


Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

IPM is a process involving common sense and sound solutions for treating and controlling pests. These solutions incorporate three basic steps: 1) inspection, 2) identification, and 3) treatment. Treatment options vary from sealing cracks and removing food and water sources to pesticide treatments when necessary.

Most importantly, IPM requires a partnership between you and your licensed pest professional. By working together, you can gain peace of mind that your family and home will be protected against pest-related health and property threats.

To learn more about how IPM works, check out this interactive home from the NPMA:


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