The ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach may work for some things, but not pest control. You may think that as long as pests like rodents or snakes are not making their way through your living room while you’re trying to entertain guests, that you don’t have an issue. However, even if you don’t see them, pests in your attic, basement and crawlspaces can still create problems in your life. Here are some ways to keep them out of these areas, for you and your house’s sake.
How Unseen Pests Can Cause Harm
First, here are some ways that pests in your basement, attic and crawlspaces can still create problems even if you aren’t seeing them on a daily basis. For one thing, animals inside your crawlspaces can tear apart your insulation to make nests for their young. Rodents are especially notorious for chewing through wooden beams and electrical wires, causing potential fire hazards.
Not only that, but the feces and urine from these pests can cause water damage, attracting other pests like carpenter ants and termites that can create thousands of dollars in damage in an incredibly short period of time. Meanwhile, bats in your attic can spread diseases such as histoplasmosis, which is very dangerous to humans.
How to Fortify These Areas
It may be a hassle, but when you have the time, walk around the perimeter of your house and search for weak points, making a note of each one as you do. Check for gaps in the foundation, cable openings, crawlspaces, windows and door frames. Fill up any holes that have been dug near the base of your house and replace torn screens. If you see any gaps, fill them up with caulk and then stuff them with a copper mesh which rodents cannot chew through.
Next, look to see if any trees or tree branches are touching your house, especially your roof. Animals can use these as an easy way onto your roof and into your attic. If you’re able to get up on top of your house, make sure your chimney cap is secured. Finally, if your garbage cans are close to the side of your home, move them aside a little or cover them so that pests won't be attracted to the scent.
For you, there may only be one or two ways inside your home, but for pests, there can be hundreds. Take the time to safeguard your house against these pests, and it will definitely pay off in the future. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Addison Pest Control today.