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Home Care
by Scott Sauer
Advanced Structural Inspections

Pest Control
All living organisms are in search of food, water and a home that protects them from the environment. Our homes contain these elements, which make them ideal environments for pests such as insects and mice. However, there are measures that you can take to make your home a lot less attractive for these invaders.

Sanitation is the most important part of pest control. Any method that denies pests food and water can greatly aid in the control of pests.

Cleanliness and good housekeeping are essential. Food and garbage should be kept in closed containers. The plumbing should be inspected once a week. Dripping faucets, leaking pipes and other sources of moisture should be eliminated. Recyclables should be rinsed and placed in bins outside the home.

Deny access to the home by sealing cracks, crevices and other openings. Materials being brought into the home should be inspected for infestation.

Many pests only forage inside the home and their nests are outside near the structure. As a result, there should be a barrier around the home free of trash or other debris that may be used for nesting.

Participate in a regular pest control program with a professional’s help to prevent pest infestation.

However, be aware that chemical pest controls are generally not effective on their own, and should be used along with proper sanitation to prevent pest infestation in the first place. A pest control specialist can use a variety of chemicals such as sprays, powders, baits, etc.

Indoor pest control is essential to a healthy indoor environment. There are health concerns when pests are present. They can be carriers of disease and as they die, the decaying carcasses become aerosolized.

As a result, residents who are sensitive can have serious allergic reactions. So as always, prevention is key to the health of your family.

For more on this or other home care subjects, contact Scott at

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