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Pest Proofing

Almost all pest and rodent infestations begin outside buildings. Pests enter through holes and cracks in the home's exterior. How a home is constructed can greatly affect which pest problems you experience. Here are some tips for "pest-proofing" your house.

  • Reduce shelters such as piles of bricks or lumber and leaf litter.
  • Keep ground cover at least 18" from the home's foundation.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so they do not touch the home.
  • Use yellow "bug lights" to attract fewer insects.
  • Ventilate the spaces under decks and sheds.
  • Don't keep pet food outside on patios or decks.
  • Keep pets either in or out. Dogs and cats that run in and out are more likely to carry fleas into the house.
  • Keep gutters unclogged and repair any areas that get poor drainage.
  • Ventilate the attic and basement crawlspace to minimize excess moisture and humidity.
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