While ants, cockroaches, and spiders are the main criminals that try to take away from your peaceful pleasure at your home, there are other invaders that will occasionally try to enter your home during different times of the year. We will not speak specifically of any one pest in this article, but we will speak about some common practices that you can do to help prevent these occasional invaders.
The term “occasional invaders” includes those pests that often occur in buildings at some stage of their life cycle, but that do not usually complete their entire life cycle within the building. Most of these pests live outside of buildings and come indoors only on occasion. Although they may enter in large numbers, they usually do little damage and are considered a nuisance simply because of their presence. Many of these pests enter buildings while they are flying at night because they are attracted to lights in or on the home or building.
Some of the most common invaders include the following:
- Clover Mites
- Pillbugs and Sowbugs
- Slugs and Snails
- Boxelder bugs
Important things that YOU CAN DO to protect your home against these invaders:
- Weather-strip front and sides of garage doors.
- Maintain tight screening on soffit and wall vents.
- Place exterior lighting on poles (or in the ground) away from the house.
- Caulk crevices around window casings.
- Seal openings around pipes, cables, and wires that enter walls or foundation.
- Keep all outdoor areas free of trash and debris.
- Stack firewood off ground and away from buildings.
- Feed pets only amount of food it will eat. Keep dish away from doorway.
- Thin or remove dense vegetation.
Here at Stomp, our technicians are trained to deal with each of these pests. While using our professional products on your property is an important step to controlling pests, it is important that you also do your part in making the home the least welcoming to these pests as possible. We know that the list above will greatly help with this endeavor.