9 Ways Insects are Getting Into Your Home
By Katie Nelson
Why is that no matter how hard you try, mid-summer it seems there’s always insects in your home? How many times have you spilled a small drink in your kitchen, only to return hours later to find a trail of ants leading to the spill? Or what about in the fall when you see a mouse in your house – despite having a cat and setting your own traps in the home? Whether you’re living in a an older home, or a brand new one, you’re likely going to deal with some sort of pest issue from time to time. When you do, you can trust Spidexx Pest Control to tackle the issue, and take the worry out of pest control!
There are many ways pests get into the homes, and they seem to find every crack and crevice in the home to make their way in. There are some more common entry points for insects, as well as places that aren’t as common. In some cases, a contractor may be necessary to repair any damage to the home, which can be major points of entry for pests. Typically, one of our highly trained technicians will come out to assess your home for points of entry, then close up the holes or focus treatment in those areas where complete closure isn’t possible. They will let you know if any further work needs to be completed, but usually we are able to seal up most or all entry points in the home.
Here are some of the more common and some uncommon ways annoying pests are making their way into your home; as well as ways to protect your home from unwanted and annoying pests.
The foundation is a common way insects are making their way into your home. That’s makes sense why old dark basements are the places no one wants to venture. In order to keep pests such as ants, spiders, and mice out of your basement, make sure to seal up cracks on the foundation. This is one situation that a contractor might be necessary to repair the damage. Our pest control program creates a barrier around the foundation of the home.
Exterior walls are another common entry point for pests. Pests will come into your home and begin nesting, and make their way into your wall voids. Seeing heavy activity of pests such as stink bugs and ants during the winter is usually an indication that there are insects who are nesting in the walls. Treatment inside the wall voids in necessary to remove these colonies.
Insects often will hide in the siding of your home and start to make their ways indoors as it gets colder inside. It’s crucial to stop these pests before they enter your home. If there are cracks between the siding and the walls, moisture can attract unwanted pests. To protect your home, seal up gaps between the siding and trim of the home.
Doors and Windows
Doors and windows are obvious entry points for pest. Install door sweeps, tighten hinges, and inspect for gaps. If you’re seeing light around doors or windows, then gaps need to be sealed.
There is a reason no one wants to get deep into their crawl spaces. Insects are able to gain access to wall and floor voids through crawl spaces. This is another instance where a contractor might be necessary to repair a damaged crawl space.
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, then you will need to have the top of the chimney inspected from time to time for signs of pest activity. We suggest looking into chimney caps which help protect you from unwanted pests setting up shop in the chimney.
Often times attics will have exhaust fans, which is a big contributor to why spiders like to set up shop in untouched attics. They can easily enter in through the fan and live in your dark attic. Check your fans for signs of cobweb activity, and to make sure that larger critters haven’t caused any damage and created entry points.
You know by now that insects can squeeze into even the smallest of gaps and spaces. It’s going to be important to routinely check exterior plumbing entrances, in order to protect your home from pests such as ants, spiders, and even mice.
One common vent that pests are entering the home from is the dryer vent. Occasionally check them for insect activity or signs of mice nesting.
Protect Your Home from Unwanted Pests Today
These are some of the ways you can protect your home from unwanted insects and critters. If you protect these key areas, and couple that with Spidexx’s Quarterly Maintenance Service – you can rest easy knowing your home is protected from pests throughout the year. Read more about who we are here at Spidexx, and call us at (515) 200-2668 to start protecting your home today!