Many pest control problems come to the attention of homeowners once the pests get inside. A line of ants marching toward your pantry or the sound of bats scratching in the fireplace creates an immediate need for action. However, most pest control issues start well before the pests get inside. Yes, pests need an opening in your home to find their way in, but the environment surrounding your home can encourage or discourage pests to come take a look. Here’s how you can help to prevent pests by taking care of the property surrounding your home.
Hiding Places Around Your Property Invite Pests In
Most pests infiltrate your home because they are in search of resources like food and water, and shelter. While your home probably creates a stable, temperature-controlled environment for pests, they’ll take any shelter they can find. If you have easy hiding places around your property, pests may begin living in these areas, and eventually, they’ll make their move toward your home. Common hiding places around your property include piles of unbagged leaves or grass clippings, lumber piles, and any unmaintained structures. Investigate your yard and property to make sure you aren’t harboring a pest population right outside your door.
Your Surroundings Can Assist Pests in Finding Entry to Your Home
The most common culprit of this kind of pest control assist is tree branches. If you have trees in your yard with branches that extend to the roof of your home, you’ll want to trim back these branches as soon as possible. Squirrels and other rodents like to hang out in trees, and if the branches of those trees are creating a convenient bridge to your roof, the pests are likely to explore. From there, they can potentially find a way into your attic or chimney. Be sure to maintain trees and plant life surrounding your home.
The Climate and Environment Affect Potential Pest Problems
There’s also the greater environmental context of climate and region that can affect the type of pest problems that you encounter. If you live at the bottom of a hill and your property is wet much of the time, this may increase your risk for insect problems. If you live in a region where it gets cold in September, that may be the peak season during which mammals try to work their way into your roof or walls. Understanding your risk factors for pest control issues can help you prepare your home and surrounding property.
Work with Carmel Valley Pest Control to Combat Pests
Working with a knowledgeable pest control team can also help you prepare for any potential problems. Our team at Carmel Valley Pest Control can evaluate your home for risk factors and apply any necessary treatments to remove pests and keep them out of your home. Schedule service with Carmel Valley Pest Control by contacting our office in Carmel Valley, CA, today at (858) 350-8838, (760) 736-8838, or (888) 989-8838.