Take Preventative Measures Now to Ward Off Spring Pest Problems
In the pest control industry, we call springtime the start of pest season. As temperatures rise, pests come out of hibernation to mate and colonize. Thus, now is the time to take action to keep your home free of pests this spring and summer. Contact CalPro Inspection Group to schedule spring pest control services for your home in Greater Sacramento and the entire Bay Area.
Seal Hidden Access Points
Rodents and other pests are experts at infiltrating homes. In fact, a mouse can wriggle through a hole the size of a nickel, and a rat can fit through an opening the size of a half dollar! To keep rodents and other pests out of your home, spend time sealing gaps, cracks, and holes, both inside and outside of your home. Sealing your home now will deter insects and pests from using your home as their nesting sites in the spring.
Where to Look for Voids
Pests are not picky about how they get into your home – any hole, gap, or crevice can serve as a potential entry point. The CDC recommends sealing holes or gaps in the following locations:
- In the roof around gables, eaves, and rafters
- Around windows and doors
- In the foundation
- Attic vents and crawl spaces
- Around utility pipes and vents
Additionally, inspect window screens and weatherstripping for signs of damage, and make repairs as necessary.
Materials and Methods
Sealing voids in your home is a relatively simple process. Fill small gaps with steel wool. Then, use silicone caulk to hold the wool in place. For larger holes, cover the opening with lath screen or metal sheeting. Also, cover attic vents, chimneys, and ventilation pipes with window screen. The screen allows air to flow freely while keeping pests from entering your home.
Request a Quote
Sealing your home is just one step in the process of keeping your home free of pests. In addition to taking preventative measures on your own, enlist the help of the pest control experts at CalPro. We will send a licensed technician to evaluate your home, identify entry points, and devise a treatment plan suited to your needs. Taking action now ensures your home will remain free of pests for the long haul. For more information, call (800) 474-3540 or request a quote now.