Congratulations! You just bought your very first house. You already have a lot to think about, like interior decorating, furniture, landscaping, utilities, and possibly remodeling. We hate to do this to you, but there’s one more thing you may want to add to your list: pest prevention for your home. This goes double if your home is older, or hasn’t been lived in for a while.
Even if your home is new, pest-proofing is worth your attention—inspectors make mistakes (and sometimes pest prevention is the last thing on their minds). Plus, you never know what the previous occupants may have left behind.
Here are some effective pest prevention tips:
- If you have mulch near your house, keep it away from your foundation. Basements tend to be damp and dark—in other words, perfect breeding grounds for pests. If there’s mulch near your foundation, pests may be able to slip through the tiniest cracks and multiply like there’s no tomorrow. Consider using stone near the foundation instead.
- If you have trees or bushes near your house, make sure the branches and leaves aren’t actually touching your house. These plants can act as a pest bridge from the outside into your house—like welcoming pests in on a red carpet. So trim any encroaching foliage.
- If you have a real fireplace, don’t store firewood close to your house. A good rule of thumb is to stack it a minimum of 20 feet away. You don’t want termites, trust us.
- Don’t leave food out. Make sure everything is sealed and put away. And a trash can full of food counts as leaving food out. Pests love trash, so regularly dispose of it.
These tips should keep you safe. Still, even if you’re cautious, pests might still find their way in. So it may be worth getting a home inspection from trusted pest-control professionals—when you’re finally moved in, pests are the last guests you’ll want to entertain. Give us a call so you can rest easy.