This week, we’re talking about two frustrating pests: occasional invaders and bed bugs. Today, we’ll help you protect your home against millipedes, pill bugs, and other small pests with a few basic maintenance suggestions. On Wednesday and Friday, we’ll talk about bed bug prevention methods.
Occasional invaders intrude when the weather is too dry outside. Given this week’s snowfall, they’re not likely to be a problem tomorrow, but watch for their appearance after we get into the long, dry stretches of a hot Ohio summer. Occasional invaders come into your home mainly seeking moisture and shade. However, they can also enter a home when there is too much moisture outside.
To keep these small pests out, we recommend our usual routine of good house maintenance:
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery trimmed away from the house.
- Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces ventilated and dry.
- Store garbage in sealed containers.
- Repair rotted roof shingles and any other rotted wood.
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
As spring thaws out the ground and warms up the air, keep an eye on potential pest problems. Call Epcon Lane for advice and assistance!
Information provided by www.pestworld.org.
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