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Indoor Pest Prevention: Just the Facts

1. Feeding outdoor pets properly, and leaving no extra food behind will eliminate pests who come to eat the dog or cats leftovers.

2. If you have hornets and ants around your area, removing sugars and carbohydrates can help keep them away.

3. Fixing any leaky plumbing, or dripping outdoor faucets will help to keep all pests away, including rodents, carpenter ants, and fungus.

4. Keeping lids tightly closed on trash cans and keeping the cans as far away from your homes entrances, and from where people congregate as possible will help prevent fly troubles.

5. Don't buy or build your home next to a swamp!

6. Make sure that your rain gutters are cleaned regularly, and are in good working condition. Clogged gutters are a prime place for insects, and some will like your place so much that they will want to visit you inside.

7. Be certain that no tree limbs are on, or near the roof. Insects and animals might use this as a highway onto your roof and go to work on creating a way to get inside.

8. Check all of your homes upper vents, especially attic and soffit vents and add screens if not already in place.

9. Check and screen dryer vents if needed. I have seen a number of cases where rodents gained entry in this way.

10. Make sure that weep holes are not blocked by soil or mulching materials. Your walls, like the rest of your home need to breathe.

11. Check for soil contact with untreated lumber. Termites need a way into your homes wood work to eat it. Don't give them a super highway with it's own snacks along the way!

12. Often, the best chemical for use in the prevention of pests is a tube of caulk! Caulking around doors and windows, inside and out should be checked, and resealed if needed.

13. Door sweeps should be checked and replaced if they do not reach the floor, or do not go all the way to the edges of the door.

14. All weather-stripping around doors and windows should be checked.

15. All screen doors should be in good order with no holes.

16. The same is true of window screens. Look for a good fit.

17. Check the window surface to surface seals where they open and close, make sure the seal is tight enough that bugs can't crawl between.

18. Check houseplants before you bring them inside when first purchased or brought in from your greenhouse, or after watering outdoors.

19. Check all shopping bags, fruits and vegetables carefully for insects.

20. It goes without saying, that your home should be clean, with no food sources for pests.

21. When you do see a trail of ants or bugs coming into the house, try to trace it back to it's source, and plug that hole. A simple mixture of water, dish soap and vinegar will take care of the ones already inside.

22. If you have indoor pets, check them when they return from trips outdoors, for hitch hikers.

23. Most importantly, there are always the things your mother told you. Things like: "Close the door when you go in or out." You should have paid more attention, you probably wouldn't have to be reading this list!

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