Pest Exclusion & Sanitation
- Trim back trees and shrubs so that the branches and foliage do not touch your home and to allow more sun light to reach your lawn.
- Trim up bushes and shrubs so that you can see beneath them to eliminate hiding areas for small animals, snakes and insects.
- Rake back mulch, pine straw or other landscape bedding at least 6 inches from structure to create a that pests are likely to avoid.
- Do not overwater your lawn or garden. In areas that seem to retain too much moisture, you may need to aerate your lawn to encourage draining.
- Clean out gutters and downspouts frequently as insects and other pests are known to harbor in these areas.
- Mow lawn as needed to keep growth low.
- Remove grass clippings, leaf piles and stacked wood to eliminate harborages.
- Store outdoor trash cans and dumpsters as far away from structure as possible and be sure they have tight fitting lids.
- Thoroughly wash out trash cans and dumpsters with an ammonia solution when needed.
Products needed for Step 1
- Repair or replace torn or missing screens
- Replace old or missing weather stripping and brush guards or sweeps
- Seal any cracks, crevices or gaps on structure with Stuff It copper mesh, Xcluder cloth, expanding foam, caulk and/or hardware cloth
- Repair or replace broken or missing vent covers
Products needed for Step 2
60 of 63 people found this article informative and helpful.