4 Tips for Preventing a Pest Infestation

Preventive care is the most effective strategy to guard your home in Glencoe, Illinois, against pests. With some attention to detail and strategies your home can stay pest-free and pleasant.

Manage Moisture in the Home

Manage moisture by sealing all cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation and walls with silicone caulking. When necessary, use dehumidifiers to control excess moisture in problem areas of your home, such as damp basements. Make sure sump pumps are operating properly. Controlling moisture is key to discouraging pests from breeding inside your home.

Seal Ductwork, Vents and Openings

Inspect the outside of your home and seal any gaps where utility wires or pipes enter your house. Be sure to also inspect and seal around doors and windows. Sealing your home’s ductwork can also prevent rodents from entering through the ducts.

Take care with door and window openings. Add screens to doors and windows, if you don’t already have them, and replace screens that are torn or don’t fit snugly.

Keep Outdoor Areas Tidy

Stack firewood away from the house and make sure it’s aerated. Avoid keeping large amounts of wood in the garage or inside the house.

Clear gutters and direct water from downspouts and drains away from your house. Also, drain and refill birdbaths daily in the summer and weekly in other seasons. Keep trees, shrubs and plant material in flowerbeds from coming into contact with the walls of your home.

Maintain Your HVAC System

Proper ventilation inside your home is essential to controlling humidity and eliminating damp conditions that pests favor. Maintaining your home’s HVAC system with regular tune-ups can ensure proper airflow throughout your home’s living spaces.

When plumbing problems and HVAC system operating issues arise, contact Carefree Comfort, Inc. at 847-388-0115. Caring for your home inside and out can go a long way toward keeping pests away.

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