1. Caulk - Caulk - Caulk
Replacing the caulk in your windows (inside and out) in late September every year is a great way to secure your home's barrier to the outdoors. When properly applied, caulking will keep most pests outside and you may notice a nice drop in your energy bill as costly drafts are prevented.
2. Weather Stripping
The base of your exterior doorways can act as a superhighway for pests. A simple bit of weather stripping goes a long way at stopping bugs in their tracks.
3. Rake It Up
Every time you trim the hedges or cut the grass you make edible vegetation readily available to herbivorous insects. Before winter take the time to rake this debris away from the foundation of your home. It is a great way to not attract these pests.
4. Great Stuff
As foundations shift and settle small cracks or gaps may develop. Inspect the perimeter of your home and fill in any holes with the spray-foam insulation from DOW Chemical commonly known as "Great Stuff." They also carry a line called "Pestblock" which is specifically designed to keep bugs OUT.
5. Pipe Gaps
There are a few key areas where pipes enter your home from the outside. Most homeowners have at least one water main which hooks to their local utility. Check around the entry for any gaps or holes which need to be sealed. These can be in your siding or in the walls themselves.
6. Cap The Stack
The chimney, or smokestack, of your home is an inviting opening into your home. Be sure to use a special chimney screen at the top to keep out rodents and other critters. It is extremely common for rodents to get into the home through this method. No one wants a burning mouse in their chimney.
7. Feed The Roots
Winterizing your lawn to keep it healthy during its dormant months is also an important part of routine annual maintenance. Using a fertilizer with a high level of potassium will stimulate root and rhizome growth. This thick thatch is important to help drive out lawn-dwelling insects that take advantage of weak root systems.
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