In Albuquerque, the warmer and drier summer weather creates the ideal conditions for pests to flourish, such as termites and cockroaches. Even with professional assistance, getting rid of pests in your home can be difficult. In addition to creating problems now, you will have problems in the future, particularly if you are planning to sell your home.
To protect your property against pest invasion and damage, what can you do?
- Repair your roof
Damaged roof tiles can allow pests to enter your home. Repair or replace any broken tiles on your roof if they are damaged. Don’t forget to check your drains for debris, which can cause water to accumulate and create habitat for many types of insects. Look for signs of nests on the overhang of your roof and between the roof tiles.
- Clean your air vents
Your home can also be invaded by termites through the air vents. Termites begin to swarm in spring and summer when the climate changes. In order to prevent them from making nests under your home, you can install mesh airbrick covers.
- Keep an eye on your attic
Roof spaces and attics are popular nesting places for pests. Exposed wood beams are a popular food source for termites. And other items are subject to attracting cockroaches and rodents. In order to keep your stored items from becoming a buffet for pests, you should store them in plastic containers. Termites can also damage beams if they are not regularly checked. Feel the timber with your thumb to see if it’s soft and spongy.
- Rethink your bedroom
It’s not just you who thinks your bedroom is comfortable. Bedbugs, for example, tend to seek refuge in bedrooms. Regularly washing bed linen at a high temperature will prevent and kill bed bugs. Inspect bed frames, mattresses, pillows, beds, and carpets for signs of bugs. Make sure the skirting boards and ensuite bathrooms do not have damp patches on the walls, which may indicate termite activity. Shut the doors and windows at night and keep furniture away from the walls.
- Maintain your garden
Garden pests are also attracted to gardens. Prevent termites by getting rid of tree stumps and wood piles around your home. Avoid using wood mulch and seal your compost in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Keeping shrubbery and buckets free of standing water is also helpful.
- Don’t forget your garage
For a pest-free garage, maintain it regularly. You should do everything you can to ensure your garage does not have any moisture. Check corners for wasps and hornet nests and store items in plastic boxes and ideally off the floor.
- Keep your kitchen clean
Don’t let your kitchen become a buffet for pests. If you have pests in your kitchen, you may get sick due to contaminated food. Keep work surfaces clean and empty bins daily. In hot weather, keep pet food stored in airtight containers. If necessary, repair any leaky pipes.
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