10 Tips to Keep Bugs Outside

Homeowners can proactively take control of their homes and reduce – if not eliminate – pest infestations by following several helpful Utah pest control tips.

  1. Doors and Windows – It continually amazes homeowners how pests can squeeze through the smallest of openings. Homeowners should repair all cracks, gaps, broken, warped or ill-fitting doors and windows.  All window screens should be repaired and a mesh size with a minimum of 200 holes per square inch is highly recommended. This is readily available at most hardware stores.
  2. Plants and Mulch – All plants and tree branches that touch the home should be trimmed back. If not, these provide effective “bridges” for rodents to enter the home via the roof area. Place rock or stone groundcover near the home, as these are less attractive to pests and insects than moist mulches.
  3. Gaps and Cracks – Homeowners should inspect their home’s exteriors to ensure there are no crevices, cracks or gaps. This includes checking the foundation, siding, shingles, incoming utility lines, pipes, cable and electric wiring. All openings should be sealed with coarse steel wool, copper mesh, sheet metal or mortar. Utah pest control companies recommend avoiding using caulk, as many pests can easily chew through it.
  4. Trash – Homes should be free of litter. This includes sprucing up yards, decks, patios and garages. Keep standing water and weeds to a minimum and ensure all trashcans feature tight-fitting lids.
  5. Lights – By replacing outdoor lights with standard mercury vapor lights with a high-pressure sodium vapor, or opting for efficient halogen lights, this will decrease the number of flying insects. Additionally, lights that feature orange, pink or yellow tings are less attractive to flying insects. Instead of placing outdoor lighting near the house, consider opting for a pole lamp to keep insects away from the home.
  6. Interior Gaps – While the exterior of a home may appear in perfect condition, some gaps are only visible from inside. Homeowners should check for cracks or gaps behind cabinets, appliances, in floors, heating and dryer vents and around pipes. Any gaps that are one-quarter-inch or more should be repaired.
  7. Drains – Floor and sink drains are known to accumulate food residue and other debris that can attract pests, ultimately creating an ideal breeding area for flies. Regularly inspect the basement, sinks, tubs and laundry room drains.
  8. Recycling – Always store recyclable items outdoors, away from the home. All containers should be thoroughly rinsed and the recycle bin should have a tight fitting lid.
  9. Foods – All open foods should be placed in resealable bags or plastic containers to exercise maximum Utah pest control.
  10. Clean – The cleaner a home is, the fewer problems a homeowner will have with unwanted pests. This will greatly reduce the chances that Salt Lake City pest control services will be required.