Do It Yourself Tips
There 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: http://www.whatisipm.org/house.asp