Home Sealing for Pest Control
As the weather turns cooler, you might think that your days of worrying about pest infestation are over. But sadly, that isn’t the case. Fall and winter is no time to get passive with your pest control. In fact, now is when you really need to up your game because the cold weather is actually going to drive pests inside.
Therefore, the most important thing you can do for winter pest prevention is to inspect the exterior of your home and seal up any potential points of entry. And, when you consider that mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime and roaches can force their way through cracks slimmer than the width of a credit card, don’t be surprised if you find a lot of possible entries.
What You’re Going to Need
Before you start searching for possible entry points, you need to gather some items that you will need. Your list includes:
- Pen and pad
- Broom stick
- Small mirror
- Insecticide spray (in case you come across a black widow spider or other nasty bug)
- Caulking gun and caulk
- Can of quick dry putty
- Mesh screening
- Hammer and nails
Start Your Inspection on the Roof
Start with the roof and move down. While on the roof, you’ll want to replace any vent screens that have been ripped or lost. Apply fresh caul around exhaust vents and seal up any openings around your chimney or roof-mounted air conditioner. While you’re on the roof, look for things like missing shingles, wood rot or signs of termite tubes. Install fresh screening over your attic louvers to help prevent bats and other pests from entering the attic.
Inspecting the Foundation
Once you’re done on the roof, it’s time to move down to the walls and foundation. Make sure you inspect the walls all the way up to the roof line. Pay close attention to the areas under roof overhangs. Look for things like loose siding, wood rot, and signs of termite tubes.
If you have any torn window screen, now is the time to repair or replace them.
Walk around your home and fill any gaps you find with caulk. Places to especially keep in mind include areas where the walls or foundation are compromised by things like electrical wires, plumbing pipes, dryer vents, phone lines, cabling, and air conditioning or condensation lines. You will also want to seal up any cracks in your bricks, plaster, or stonework and repair any missing mortar.
You should also check and seal any gaps around windows and doors. Don’t forget the garage doors! Depending on the state of your doors, you might need to install fresh weather-stripping and new door sweeps.
Lastly, check any “breathing” vents from your basement or crawl space. If you have such vents, install fine mesh screening over them to make them more secure.
Remember, pests and rodents will look for any possible entry point into your home, so you need to cover all of your bases and ensure that every access point is completely sealed. It is also important to recognize that in most cases, a thorough pest exclusion job will take a homeowner at least two days to accomplish.
Bring in a Professional for the Best Results
Sealing a home against pests is a time consuming job and there’s always the risk that a key entry point gets missed. Don’t risk it – call the professionals at JP McHale today. Our technicians will come to your home and perform a thorough inspection and pest exclusion services. If you have a current pest problem, we can safely and effectively eliminate it as well.