There’s nothing worse than trying to sleep and hearing tiny feet skittering across the ceiling. You’re suddenly wide awake, because you’ve realized you have mice or other pests in your home.
What do you do? The good news is that there are a lot of ways you can detect and get rid of home pests. You can use clues to find out what kinds of animals or insects are in your home and then take steps to get rid of them.
Most importantly, you can do several things to keep the pests away so they never get in again. From high-quality home insulation to understanding why animals want into your house, here’s what you need to know.
Why Do Animals Come Into a Home?
Before you can take action on animals and insects in your home, you need to understand why they are there. Once you know what attracts pests to your home, you can remove the temptations so they aren’t as likely to come in.
In the winter, all kinds of animals and bugs come into your home to get refuge from the weather and cold. You can do much to remove those incentives, but taking steps like improving home insulation can help them stay away.
In the summer, many animals see your home as a place to hide from the hot sun, get food, and find abundant water. Many homeowners know to clean up food spills and crumbs, but they don’t think about the water issue.
Be sure that there are no leaks in your plumbing or dampness issues in your basement. If there are, many animals and insects will love to live there. Also avoid having standing water in your yard, because that not only brings in pests, it also gives them a place to live and breed.
Improve Your Home Insulation
You might wonder why we’re talking about home pests on an insulation blog, but it’s because improving your home insulation is a huge step in keeping out pests.
It’s very hard to seal every hole and entrance into your home, although it’s worth the effort to try. In the end, however, your insulation will either provide a nice comfy bed for the rodents and other pests in your home or it will help seal them out.
Using a high-quality product like spray foam insulation can not only improve the comfort of your home, it can make it difficult for pests to get in through your walls, attic, and roof. Fill in every crevice with a high-quality insulation.
Consider Pest Control Carefully
When you discover – through hearing noises or seeing damage or droppings – that you have pests in your home, the first instinct you may have is to use chemical warfare. After all, there are dozens of over-the-counter pest killers and the professionals have even more.
However, you want to make sure you don’t overdo it. Many of the pest control treatments don’t just impact the rodents or bugs, they impact you as well. You should be especially cautious if you have pets or young children, since they can be much more sensitive to chemicals.
Consider working on more natural pest control options, along with reducing access with repairs and better home insulation.
Get Better Insulation This Summer
Insulation isn’t just about staying warm in winter. It also gives you significantly more comfort and a lot of energy savings in the summer. High-quality insulation keeps pests out of your home and helps keep the cool air inside your home, not escaping through the walls and roof.
If you’re ready to improve your home insulation, we’re here to help. Contact Reeves Insulation for information on how we can help your home stay comfortable and pest-free today!