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The holidays are a special time for many families. We welcome guests into our home for fun and festivity but some guests may not be so welcome. Namely pests. This time a year as the temperatures dip many pests are looking for water and warmth and your home can provide both in abundance. Take a few simple steps to flip on the No Vacancy sign for bugs and pests:
Step 1: Do a thorough visual inspection of the entire perimeter of your home. Look for any holes around the foundation that are entry points for pests. If you find some, buy a small bag of Quikrete Quick-Setting Cement. Mix a small amount and use a trowel to fill the hole. Once dry, cover with dirt or mulch and re-grade to direct water away from your home.
Step 2: Pay particular attention to the areas where pipes and wires enter your home. These holes can mean easy entry into your home for bugs and pests. Buy a spray foam sealant like Great Stuff Insulating Foam and apply it sparingly because it really expands. Once it dries you can take a utility knife and trim off the excess to give your handiwork a clean, finished look.
Step 3: Do a thorough visual inspection inside and out for any signs of water. A dripping pipe, spigot, or leaky sink provides the essential water that pests need to thrive inside your home. Tighten any loose fittings with pliers and wrap silicon plumber’s tape around the threading of outdoor spigots before securing a hose.
Step 4: If you are doing some extended holiday travel for a period of time and your home remains vacant, be sure to call a Quality Pro Certified Turner Pest Control technician to inspect your home for any signs of pest infiltration while you were away.
Simple steps like these will help keep your home pest free for the holidays so you can focus on enjoying the guests you actually want in your home. The professionals at Turner Pest Control know just where the pests like to hide, and can treat your home for insects, pests and termites that can detract from a clean, comfortable home. Contact Turner Pest Control to have a professional inspection today.