With more than 94,000 species of pests living in the United States, there’s a very good chance some of them will find their way into your home. Some of these pests are simply annoying. Others can be dangerous and actually cause significant damage to your home and possessions. From aggravating allergies and spreading disease, to chewing through wiring, insulation and even the very structure of a home – seemingly simple pests cause billions of dollars in health costs and home repairs each year.
How do pests find their way into your home? Unfortunately, very easily. For example, small stress cracks and improperly sealed windows or door frames are very common points of entry. So too are improperly sealed attic vents, crawl spaces or gaps where plumbing is routed through the walls of your home.
Once pests find a way into your home (and they will!), it’s important to deny them “harborage,” the space they need to live and breed. Pests such as cockroaches and rodents live in dark, hollow spaces, as well as larger cracks and crevices where they are not disturbed. Other common harborage, or hiding places include:
- Wall voids
- Gaps under sinks
- Space behind kitchen and HVAC equipment
- Spaces behind cabinets and shelving
- Inside and under decaying organic matter or papers/cardboard products
- Unsealed food goods
- General clutter
When blocking paths of entry into your house and treating harborage areas becomes necessary, it’s important that this process is done correctly. After all, many “common” pest control techniques do nothing more than compound the problem, by re-routing pest activity, for example. The application of pesticides in the wrong areas often cause the formation of new nests because the pest simply travel around the treated area until they find new harborage.
Also, misuse of insecticides and baits (a common problem especially with do-it-yourselfers) is potentially hazardous to any nearby children and pets.