How to Pest-Proof Those Forgotten Rooms
There are several rooms that can be easily overlooked in the process of pest-proofing your home—especially the attic. Rodents such as mice and rats tend to be the most common invaders of these areas, but insects such as cockroaches, spiders, ants, and stinkbugs can also make themselves at home if given the chance.
Pests usually enter your home in search of shelter, food, and water because of changes in the weather, like extended periods of rain or the onset of cooler temperatures. Pests can find entry points into your home through almost any opening, including cracks and crevices as small as a nickel in the structure’s exterior. Rodents are capable of destroying insulation in attics and chewing through walls, baseboards, and electrical wires, and cause up to 25 percent of house fires in the United States every year.
Don’t worry; there are steps that you can take to discourage these unwanted guests from taking shelter in your forgotten rooms. First, pay special attention to your home’s insulation by replacing loose mortar and weather stripping around your foundation. Items that are kept in the attic should be stored in plastic sealed containers off the floor rather than in cardboard boxes because pests tend to nest inside these shelters. Lastly, attics should be kept well-ventilated and dry. In order to remove any known moisture, homeowners can run a dehumidifier and install gutters or divers.
Pest-proofing the forgotten rooms of your home should be viewed as a year-round commitment to protecting one’s property and health from the threats associated with pest damage and disease. A licensed pest expert, such as the experienced professionals at Pro-Staff Pest Control, can recommend a prevention plan to keep your home pest-free. To learn more about our annual pest control program, give Pro-Staff Pest Control a call today at (407)331-7378.
Pro-Staff Termite & Pest Control, Inc.
6211 Edgewater Dr. • Orlando, FL 32810 • 407-292-7378
Seminole County Office
2100 Ronald Reagan Blvd • Ste. 1024 • Longwood, FL 32750 • 407-331-7378