Pests, especially mice and other rodents, look for somewhere warm to retreat when it’s cold outside and that somewhere could be inside your home.
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Danny Lipford: There’s a number of ways to prevent pests from getting inside your home. One way is to use a barrier insecticide that’s spread all the way around the perimeter of the house, and it stops the insects right at this point.
There’s a number of other things to keep a close eye on. One, I noticed this faucet was leaking a little bit. And what this does is provide moisture that any insect and rodent just loves, so just eliminating that will eliminate a big problem that you may have around the home.
Also, keep a close eye on your landscaping, and keep all of the decomposing leaves and debris out of the beds. And that will take away the habitat that, again, the pests just love. And make sure that the landscaping and plants are trimmed back away from the house, that’s another environment that they really thrive on.
Now, just as you make your home more energy efficient by sealing up the envelope of your home, by doing this will also prevent the pathway that many insects enter your home through, just like this small crack around this plumbing vent. It’s not very large, but it’s large enough for many different types of insects to get inside the wall, and then look all over your house for a source of food.
So by a little bit of attention to detail and a little bit of insecticide, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, will keep those unwanted guests out of your house.