Monday, 13 February 2017

Common causes of pest problems in the home


Most of the time when a homeowner notices a pest problem or an invasion of pests in their home, the common reaction is to apply a quick fix to terminate the problem; what they fail to recognise is that it helps more to deal with the cause of the problem professionally to ensure the pests don’t return. Future pests will only be diminished once the cause of the problem has been identified and dealt with accordingly. Look around the property for environments that may be conducive for common pest problems and breeding of the pests (food left out, holes in skirting boards etc. Here are a few of the common pest problems and their causes:

Shrub or tree branches touching your roof or siding
The problem with this is that ants and rodents use such avenues to escape whenever you apply a pesticide or rodenticide in the house.  The branches of trees act as a highway to the roof and thus making accessibility of your house easy for the rodents

Siding touching soil
When your siding is in contact with the soil, the result is often rotting of the siding. This will eventually invite the ants and other insects. What you can do in such an instance is to dig soil away from the siding deck staircases as well as deck posts. As well, you can provide plenty of clearance starting from the bottom of the siding so that the foundation of your home can be visible. Only then can you manage to control such pests as ants and termites.

Debris in the gutter
Gutters plugged with debris are a big enough problem to worry about, but when water overflows the gutter, it runs down the siding thus leading to the decay of the siding and can encourage pests. At other times, the water in the gutter will be stagnant thus becoming a haven for mosquito breeding. You can fix this by cleaning the gutters every so often. Do not wait until there is too much debris in it.

Damaged soffit vent screens
When you have a damaged or missing soffit vent, you run the risk of inviting birds, rats, and bats which eventually cause unwanted odour and damages. Fixing this is not a big task. Simply get a galvanized hardware cloth and use it to re-screen the problem. You can then use screws to attach the screen. 

Of course, this advice is all very well but in actual fact you will be much better served if you seek the help of a professional pest control company like Avon Pest Control. We will eradicate your home of pests and make sure you don’t get any future infestations. Contact us via our website www.avonpestcontrol.co.uk today and see how we can help with your pest problems.

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