Keeping Bugs Where They Belong

Keeping Bugs Where They Belong

The Basics Of Pest Control Risks In Your Home

Judy Lute

Pest infestation issues are one of the most common struggles for homeowners, and for good reason. Most homeowners don't understand the common vulnerabilities pests are attracted to, so they unwittingly invite those pests into their homes. It's important that you know what puts your home at risk of pest infestations and what types of vulnerabilities your exterminator will look for first.

Pet Doors

Few pet owners think about the vulnerability that their pet door creates. While you may install one in the hopes of making it easier for your dog or cat to get in and out of the house, you're also creating an air gap that allows pests to get into your home. Not only can insects get in, but pet doors create a large enough access point for things like raccoons and possums, too. The best thing that you can do is install a pet door with a sensor control that only opens when the transmitter on your pet's collar is in proximity. This reduces the likelihood of unwanted guests. 

Not to mention, when your pets go in and out at will, they are far more likely to bring pests in on their fur as well. Proactive barrier treatment from a local exterminator around the interior and exterior perimeters of your home can help with this.

Exterior Lighting Sources

Flood lights around the exterior of your home draw pests. Moths and other flying insects are drawn to light, and any flood lights that are installed near doorways will be likely to draw pests into your home. 

That's why it's important to change the bulbs on any lights around your home to bug-resistant bulbs. These generate a light spectrum that's less attractive to insects, so they're less likely to be drawn to them. You can further minimize the problem by installing motion lights so that the lights are only activated when they are absolutely necessary.

Firewood Supply

Whether you have a fireplace or a wood stove, you'll need to have a supply of firewood on the property. It's important that you store that wood properly to prevent introducing unnecessary pests into your home. For example, only bring in the wood that you will be putting directly into the fire. Don't store a stack of wood in the house because pests can infest the wood and then infest your home. 

Keep your firewood elevated on pallets and stacked away from your home. It's a minor inconvenience to have to go out there to get wood every time you need it, but it will protect your home from termites, carpenter ants, and other similar pests.

These are some of the things that you need to understand when it comes to pest infestations and the recommendations of your local exterminator. Call an exterminator or visit a site like for more advice about your pest problems.


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Keeping Bugs Where They Belong

Nothing is more frustrating than dealing with pests inside your house. In addition to giving you the creepy-crawlies, it might also make friends and family members think twice before they lounge on your sofa or stay the night. However, you don't have to let bugs ruin your lifestyle. By paying a professional who handles pest control, you can add an invisible barrier inside your home to ward off harmful insects. My blog discusses all different types of pest control methods, so that you understand the options you have available. After treating your home, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a clean and relaxing space.