Posted April 2, 2021
The task of buying your first home can be daunting, there’s so many moving pieces and so much that you aren’t sure if you know. Here at Fox Pest Control, we want to help simplify the process for you by using something that we know very well: how to control pests. Use the attached checklist to ensure that your new home is pest free and ready for you to move in.
Trees near your new home can provide easy access for small animals to get onto your roof or in your attic. Carefully cut down any branches that overhang your roof as they provide easy access for squirrels and rats. Small holes in trees near your home may indicate the presence of termites.
Look around your yard and make sure there aren’t any holes dug by animals. If it’s fresh, there may be an animal living in your yard. Even if it appears deserted, bugs and pests may be living there.
Disposing of standing water near your home will help prevent animals coming to get a drink, as well as mosquitoes looking for somewhere to lay their eggs.
The foundation of your home is the easiest entrance point for most bugs and small animals. Fill all cracks and holes to prevent an infestation inside the home. While you’re at it, check for mud tunnels made by termites.
Look for marks or cracks in the walls. Brown stains could be droppings and a sign of bed bugs or cockroaches. Grease marks on the walls or in cabinets can be a sign of rodent activity. Paint peeling back from the wall could be a sign of termites.
Cockroaches spend time in corners, including where the wall meets the ceiling. You may spot spider webs here as well. If they are present, it’s a sure sign other bugs are around too. You will want to make sure the baseboards are sealed to the wall and are flush with the floor. Additionally, look for any rodent droppings or holes.
Decaying wood around the home, inside or out, will be very attractive to termites and carpenter ants. They will eat their way in and slowly destroy your home.
Checking pipes around your home is another great way to keep pests away. Look under sinks and toilets for signs of water damage or a leak. Remember, standing water creates a potential breeding ground for insects.
Bigger problems than you thought? Want to make sure you didn’t miss anything? Our team of professionals here at Fox Pest Control is happy to help. Give us a call today at (855) 459-0722 for a free inspection from one of our licenced technicians.