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Steps to Prevent Pests and Rodents from Invading Your Home

The Pest Girls (Amanda Forrestall & Courtney Carace)

The Pest Girls (Amanda Forrestall & Courtney Carace)

By: Th Pest End Girls

No one likes to find pests or rodents finding their way into their beautiful homes. It can make you feel uneasy even in the haven of your own property. Pest-End Exterminators and Pro-Tech Lawn Care has comprised a list of proactive steps to take to help prevent pests and rodents from entering your home.

2. Block Admittance to Your Home. Since pests can wiggle their way through small cracks and holes in foundations, roofing, or windows, it is best to do an inspection of all places that these pests may find entry into your home. Once you have identified areas of concern, seal any openings with copper mesh, coarse steel wool, sheet metal or mortar. Expanding caulk is less effective as many pests can chew through it.

3. Plants, Bushes and Mulch. – While it is important to stop pests and rodents from gaining entry into your home, it is just as important to make sure that there are no good “bridges” such as trees, bushes or plantings up next to the foundation of your home. Mulch is an excellent place for pests to find haven and warmth especially up next to the foundation. Tips include trimming back trees and bushes that are next to the house and using less pest-attractive ground cover such as rocks or stones.

3. Trash and Litter – Keep exterior areas such as driveways, patios, gardens, and garages clear of litter and trash- especially trash that contains food scraps and edible items. This will only attract pests and rodents. Seal trash in garbage bags and place them inside trash containers away from the building. Make sure to also store outdoor recycling containers that may still have food residue away from the building.

4. Stored Food and Cleanliness – Keep all food in sealable bags or containers. Cleaner homes are less attractive to pests and decreases the chances that pests and rodents will live and breed in your home.

Though these tips are effective ways to help prevent pests and rodents from entering your home, these invaders are resourceful and may still find their way into unwanted areas. If you need assistance in eliminating a pest or rodent problem, please call our office at 978-794-4321.

As always, if you have any questions about the above topic or any other topics regarding pest control or lawn care, please send an email to aforrestall@pestendinc.com.

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The Valley Patriot is a free monthly print newspaper serving Northern Massachusetts, and Southern New Hampshire. The print edition is published by the 10th of each month and is distributed to 51 cities and towns.

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