Bug Proof

From the stark and cold wintery days which are pleasurably bug-free, Toronto is ready to welcome the insect-friendly months.

Along with getting the barbeque grills ready, homeowners are also looking to prepare themselves against an army of invaders like ticks, fleas, bees, scorpions, cockroaches, silverfish, hornets, flies, mosquitoes and anything else that creeps out of the woodwork.

Oh, the perils of summer.

Despite it seeming like an overwhelming situation that demands attention than what you can provide, keeping bugs out of your home is plain simple. Eliminate their sources of food and limit access to the places of their liking.

Suddenly, your place appears a lot less appealing to the pests and they go looking elsewhere.

Yes, with some simple hacks, you can ensure that you keep the unwanted critters away from your house.

Here’s how to bug-proof your home like a professional.

The Access Points

You need a door to enter your house. Similarly bugs need an access point to enter your premises. Take a walk around the house and check for any small unsealed gaps. Remember that you are dealing with insects and animals that are incredibly small sized. So even a crevice the width of a nickel can be a potential access point for a bug. Caulk all openings and use a door sweep. Door seal kits when used at the perimeter of the frame also helps to prevent insects from entering your home.

Screen the windows

Use a 20 mesh screen or something even finer to keep the pests out when you have the windows open. Check the screens for any unseen openings.

Clean the yard

An unclean yard can be a haven for pests. From ticks to spiders, everything can find harborage in a yard. So eliminate any pools of stagnant water, mow the grass, remove any woodpiles, piles of garbage, leaves and other debris.

Cover the bigger openings

Your chimney and roof vents should also be covered by wire mesh. This can prevent raccoons and squirrels from entering your home. You can also use a chimney cap if that works.

Eliminate the food supply

Make it a habit to clear off any unwanted items lying around or inside the house. Be it the dishwasher or the countertop, do not leave crumbs of food lying around since it can attract pests. And pests can breach many barriers and travel a long way to reach a food source. All food items should be stored in air-tight containers.

Manage the trash

Your trash can be a banquet table for pests like roaches. Keep all the trash in a single can with a secure lid. Empty the can each night and double check the exterior cans for any damage to the lids. Ensure that all cans are cleaned and sanitized regularly.

Keeping pests out of your home doesn’t take much doing. Yet most homeowners fail to employ these simple methods.

If you wish to know more about preventive methods for this summer, you can always consult a pest control company in Toronto to know more.