Keep Unwanted Summer Guests Away – Part 1: Inside Tips

Keep Unwanted Summer Guests Away – Part 1: Inside 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, mice 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.

Inside Your Home
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends a few things you can do inside your house to control future infestations: 
• Starve them out — keep a tight lid on the trash and empty it often. Clean up spills immediately and store food such as cereal, flour and sugar in plastic containers rather than in their original packaging.
• Dry them out — some pests, such as cockroaches, can survive a long time without food, but need water more often to survive. To shut off their supply, be sure to fix leaky faucets, radiators, dishwashers and washing machines immediately and empty flower pots and plant stands of excess water.
• Keep them out — seal cracks and openings along baseboards, behind sinks and around pipes and windows. Repair holes in door and window screens.

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

Look for the second article in this series for tips for outside your home. 

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