How To Keep Insects And Other Pests Out Of Your Home Without Using Chemicals
Keeping insects and other pests out of your home can sometimes be a chore. In the warm months of the year they are so persistent. They just keep coming back. Well, just follow these guidelines and you will probably be able to keep at least 90% of them away and out of your home. Even spraying chemicals will not keep all of them away, but this is a pretty simple procedure. It is what I do at my home and it usually works.
Outside Insect Exclusion
First of all, most pests come from the outside. Whether it be cockroaches, ants, crickets, rats, mice, etc. Unless you bring them home from the grocery store (weevils, flour beetles, Indian meal moths) or someone else brings them into your home when they are visiting ( German Cockroaches ) then this is a sure-fire way to stop them on the outside first.
Its really a simple procedure but you will need a few things first. Pick up some caulk and maybe some of that clear silicon at your local hardware store or home center. You may also need some of that thin sheet metal and some sheet metal cutters. All of these items are very inexpensive. A lot cheaper than hiring a professional or buying chemicals yourself.
Take a walk around the outside of your home. Check around your windows and doors for entry points. Seal all of those cracks and crevices. Take the caulk and caulk around all of your windows and doors and any other place you think insects may be entering. It does not take a very large space for a tiny insect to enter. Even if you think the crack is too small, caulk it anyway.
Those weep holes in your brick. Do not seal them. Just find some fine mesh screen or maybe copper mesh and stuff it in the weep holes. If you use steel wool it will rust and cause rust stains on your brick. Keep all hedges and shrubs away from your home about 1 foot or more.
Now look around the outside of your home for places you may think rats or mice may be able to enter. It does not take but 1/4 inch for a mouse and 1/2 inch for a rat to enter. Check around the air-conditioning unit. See where the lines enter your home. There is usually a small space that is not sealed. Try using some copper mesh or some of that clear silicon, sheet metal cut the right size to seal this opening. You can use that spray form that expands but make sure it is put on thick enough so the rat will give up before it chews throught it.
If you are able, climb upon the roof. Check for places rats can enter. A rat can climb straight up a brick wall or come from a tree and get on your roof. Check around where the soffits may meet. Or one roof meets another or one section meets another section. There is usually a small space where rat may enter. Seal these areas with sheet metal or copper mesh. No matter how many traps you put in your attic and how many rats you catch, if you do not seal these areas, more rats will enter.
Those twirling vents on your roof that turn by the wind are just entry places for rats. You don't have to remove them. Just go into your attic and place some screen across the bottom of the vents. You can use staples or nails.
Inside Insect Exclusion
Now lets start on the inside. Just like the outside, use the caulk around all doors and windows on the inside. Small spiders can enter around windows. Check under the window seal and seal this with caulk.
Now check under all sinks. See where the pipes come through. There is usually a space around the pipes where mice, rats, spiders, cockroaches, and other insects can enter. Seal these spaces with steel wool or copper mesh or sheet metal.
Just a little caulk, sheet metal, screen and copper mesh or steel wool and you have insect and rodent proofed your home. You have done it without chemicals.
The Best Defense Is Exclusion!