Pests and your home

It may sound strange, but one of the best ways to help control pest activity around your home is to make your home unattractive to pests. Here in Idaho we get to experience all four seasons so it doesn’t matter what the weather is, you always have a threat of unwanted guests trying to find their way in. If pests find their way in and you have followed used proper exclusion techniques, it won’t take long for them to find a great space to call home and start their little family. Here at Alpha Home Pest Control we encourage our clients to be proactive, use proper exclusion tactics and make their homes unattractive to the pests to help keep their homes pest free.

Here are some common Q and A’s for homeowners to help understand why being proactive is important.

Q: What attracts pests to your home?

A: If you think about it, like most living things pests are attracted to and need food, water and shelter. Making sure you have followed good exclusion techniques and sealing up/off food and water will help keep pests at bay. Using air tight containers to store food (including extra pet food) and repairing leaky pipes and drains will make your home less attractive and the pests will be less likely to stay.

Q: How do pests find their way in?

A: Pests commonly find their way into homes through windows and doors that do not have a tight seal when closed and through cracks that may be around the window or doors. They don’t always crawl or fly in, sometimes they are carried in by you or even your pet! Groceries, firewood, and luggage are ways that pests can be carried into the home unseen. Be sure to inspect any packages and belongings before bringing them inside.

We always advise that firewood not be stored against the house.  Firewood attracts many pests spiders, ants, and termites to name a few.  Termites can cause a lot of damage and can be a very costly expense.  Another tip to follow is have about a 2 in. gap between your foundation and plants and grass.  Allowing brushes and shrubs to grow so closely to your home creates a stepping stone for pests and critters that may want inside.

Q: What to do if you have an infestation or starting to see more pest activity?

A: If you find yourself having pests issues and are unsure of how to properly handle the problem, call your pest management right away before the issue multiplies, which can slow down the elimination process and be more costly.

Call Alpha Home Pest Control (208)475-4440