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Pest-Proofing Measures - Homeowners - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

No one wants to find their Wichita homes for sale has been invaded by pests. They're an inconvenience, can cause damage to your property, and sometimes are even a health hazard. It's definitely one of those things every homeowner wants to prevent. Use these five tips to make sure pests aren't making your home their home too.

  • Seal off entry points
    Autumn often sees increased pest activity in the form of smaller animals looking for warmth and places to nest. Take a look at your home from roof to foundation and seal off any gaps, crevices, or other entry points with caulk or expanding foam. Rodents only need an opening the size of a dime to make their way in, so adding door sweeps and making sure weather stripping and door and window seals are intact can help keep them out. Other larger pests like squirrels, raccoons, birds, and bats can enter via garage doors, gaps in siding, exhaust fan and dryer vents, torn screens, and chimney openings. Make repairs and cover vent and chimney openings with screens. Check attics, basements, and garages from the inside too for potential entry points.

  • Eliminate their food sources
    Spring and summer often see increased insect activity. Insects like flies, roaches, and ants that enter your home are simply looking for a quick meal. Store food in covered containers. Keep food prep and storage areas, and areas where humans and pets consume food, clean. Don't leave pet food out overnight.

  • Take care not to bring the outdoor pests inside
    In preparation for the winter months, many people bring outdoor plants and planters, outdoor furniture, and maybe even some firewood inside. These are all places pests can hide or lay eggs. Treat plants for pests when necessary, clean planters and furniture, and store firewood outside at least 20 feet from the house.

  • Keep the yard clean
    There are things you can do in the yard to make sure you're not giving pests easy access into your home. Keeping firewood away from the house. Keeping shrubs and trees trimmed so they aren't touching your home. Eliminate leaf piles, especially if they are up against the house.

  • Consider pest control insulation
    Insulation products that are more resistant to pests than traditional building materials are readily available. If you're planning a remodel project or adding additional insulation, it may be worth some consideration. Keeping pests out of your home is a must for your health, happiness, and keeping up with home maintenance.

There are plenty of wonderful, well-maintained homes for sale in the Wichita area that are just right for you and your family. Our real estate agents have helped many families get into a new home, and they can help you too. Contact us today to get started!

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