Keep Unwanted Summer Guests Away – Part 2: Outside Tips

Keep Unwanted Summer Guests Away – Part 2: Outside Tips
July, 2018

Summer is a great time to entertain visiting friends and family. There are some guests, however, that you shouldn’t allow into your home — pests such as ants, roaches, rats and termites.

Pest infestations are more than a nuisance. It is important to protect your family from disease due to food contamination and allergens and your property from wood and foundation damage. The cost for a home owner to treat an existing pest problem averages more than $1,000 — which doesn’t include the cost to correct the damage that has already been done. Termites alone have been estimated to cause $5 billion worth of damage in the U.S. every year, according to the National Pest Management Association.

Here are some steps you can take now to help keep your home pest-free for years to come.

Outside Your Home
Pests enter your home from the outside, so you will also need to prepare the exterior of your house to keep pests out:
• Look for cracks and holes on the outside of your home and seal them up. Be sure to include points where utility lines enter the house. Also address damage to the basement foundation and windows.
• Check your landscaping. Rake mulch away from the base of your home and keep it to a minimum to allow for adequate drainage. Trim back tree branches and bushes so they do not make contact with the house. Remove tree stumps from your yard.
• Keep firewood piles stacked outside of your home neat, away from the house and off the ground.
• Make sure basements and attics are well ventilated and dry.
• Head up to the roof to look for any rotted or decaying shingles. When you’re looking at your roof, also check that your gutters are free of debris.

These simple steps now can save you a lot of headache and money down the road from these unwanted visitors.

Information courtesy of the National Association of Home Builders, www.NAHB.org.