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Preparing For Pests (No We’re Not Talking In-Laws Here)

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

...we're talking mice, rats, spiders, roaches and other truly uninvited guests.  Yes, it’s still cold outside, however, warm weather is overdue and thank goodness we will get rid of these coats and sweaters soon enough.  But that also means that dawn also awaits those dormant pests that soon will wake up and begin to enter your home.

The folks at "The Family Handyman" offer great preventative maintenance advice that we pass along to you here. Without doubt, if you have significant violations in your home’s foundation, you’ll need to turn to your friends and professionals at A-1 Foundation Crack Repair.  But as your friends and neighbors, we sincerely wish for you to avoid pests and damage in the first place.  So read on for some very good practical advice.

Wall penetrations:
Search for gaps around anything that passes through your walls such as gas, plumbing and AC lines, phone and TV cables and exhaust vents. Siding: Gaps and holes in siding and around trim are usually obvious. But also look under the siding where it meets the foundation. Rot, foundation shifting and sloppy building practices can leave openings there. We are experts at resolving leaking pipe penetrations and can’t emphasize enough the importance of fixing them as soon as possible.

Doors and windows:
Look for torn screens and worn-out weatherstripping that might provide an entryway for bugs. If mice are a problem, make sure the rubber gasket under your garage door seals tightly to the floor (replace the gasket if it doesn't seal).

Look for foundation settling cracks in masonry and make sure basement windows close and seal tightly. If there's a crawlspace under your house, all the floors above the space are potential entry zones. If the crawlspace is accessible, put on safety glasses, crawl inside and inspect it with a flashlight.

Sometimes you can locate passageways from indoors. On a sunny day, light peeking into a dark basement, garage or attic reveals gaps and cracks. A heavy concentration of cobwebs indoors can also indicate an entry point.

Foliage or wood piles: Anything touching your house can provide a freeway for bugs. Tree branches, for example, can spell trouble even high above ground level. Ants that feed on aphids in trees use branches as a bridge to your house. The solution is to trim back branches.

Dryer vents and exhaust fans:
Be sure that dampers open and close freely. Trouble starts when a sticking damper stays open and leaves a welcoming entrance for all sorts of critters, including birds and squirrels.

Soffits and roof:
Look for holes and gaps in soffits and fascia, especially where they run into adjoining rooflines (these are favorite entries for squirrels, bats and wasps).

Roof vents:
A missing or chewed-through screen on roof vents lets squirrels or bats into your attic.

Chimney caps:
Add chimney caps if you don't already have them. They prevent birds and rodents from making the firebox of your fireplace their summer home.

Debris-filled gutters are a favorite nesting spot for corn ants.

The old adage is true: Prevention is the best medicine.  We welcome the opportunity to educate you and for you to get the highest level of enjoyment out of you home.  We trust that when and if your problems require a pro, you turn to the trusted professionals at A-1 Foundation Crack Repair serving Connecticut, Rhode Island, Mass, and New Hampshire.

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