chopped woodPrevention is a more often than not a key component of pest control. Preventing pest problems is easier than dealing with existing infestations. To reduce the risk of pest problems, homeowners should break these six common bad habits:

  1. Not Trimming Trees

When trees aren’t trimmed, their branches can touch the roofs or siding of homes. This is a concern because pests like rodents and ants can use these branches to gain access to the house. To deter pests, trim your trees so that branches are at least three feet from your house.

  1. Spreading Mulch Incorrectly

Properly spreading mulch is harder than it seems, and many people make mistakes. One mistake is piling mulch up beside the side of your home, which can attract termites. Make sure to leave a buffer zone at least a foot wide between your mulch and your home. When you spread the mulch, make sure it grades away from your house, not towards it. This ensures water flows away from your house.

  1. Leaving Gaps In Crawl Spaces

If you don’t venture into your crawl space often, you may not notice problems that could let pests come inside. Damaged foundation vent screens or missing crawl space access doors are some common problems.

  1. Not Cleaning Out Gutters

When gutters get clogged with debris, water can overflow and run down your siding. The resulting water damage can attract pests. Standing water in clogged gutters can give mosquitoes a place to breed, too. Gutters should be cleaned regularly to avoid these problems. Generally, this should take place two to four times a year.

  1. Not Monitoring Downspouts

When was the last time you checked your downspouts? If it’s been a while, you’re not alone, but this is a bad habit. If your downspouts aren’t connected properly, water could be draining towards your home, rather than away from it. Next time it rains, head outside and see how your downspouts are performing. If the water isn’t running away from your home, repairs will be required.

  1. Storing Firewood Beside the House

Storing your wood pile right beside your house is convenient, but it can attract pests. Wood-destroying pests like carpenter ants and termite are drawn to wood piles. Other types of pests, like rodents, could take shelter in the wood piles too. If the wood is right beside your house, it’s easy for the pests to invade your home. Instead, store your firewood at least 20 feet away from your house.

By breaking these common bad habits, you can make your home less attractive to pests. For more help preventing pest problems, call the Orlando pest control professionals at Apex.