How to Pest-Proof Your New Home Before Moving – A Guide
Moving into a new home can be a time-consuming and exhausting endeavour, we realize that. However, what can be even more exhausting and outright infuriating is having to perform pest extermination and control right after you’ve moved in.
In many of the more severe cases of bug or rodent infestations you might even have to abandon the home for a while, take all your personal belongings away, and process them all individually in order to combat the pest infestation.
Of course, there are thousands of different bugs and rodents that may cause problems such as these and we can’t cover them all in one brief article. Instead, here are some of the general pest-proofing steps you should take when moving in.
Ways to pest-proof your new home before you move in:
Fortunately, a lot of the pest-proofing steps you can take will have a good effect against a wide range of rodent and insect pests.
1. Deep clean the entire place
Thousands of insect pests can hide in or below the carpet. In the dirt in your bathroom or kitchen corners, and so on. What’s more, most pests rely on such dirt to feed so cleaning it makes your home less pest-friendly.
Clean the yard thoroughly. The vast majority of indoor pests enter our homes from our yards. With that in mind, it’s smart to consider your yard as your first line of defence against pest invaders. Simply put, turn your yard into a “No bug’s land” and your home will be much safer too.
2. Inspect,clean and fix the attic and crawl space
The attic and crawl spaces are common entry points and nesting grounds for thousands of rodent and insect pests because they are rarely cleaned and maintained. Don’t make that mistake in your new home.
Weatherize your home and seal up all possible entry points. Everything from the space between your AC pipes and the wall to the smallest crack on the roof can be an entry point for an invasive insect species.
3. Inspect your own luggage, boxes and other items before you start unpacking
Unfortunately, we often bring pests with ourselves which is especially true for bed bugs. Fortunately, that’s easy to avoid if you carefully inspect your belongings before unpacking. It will also let you avoid having to attempt taming a bed bug infestation on your own or having to call in a professional to do it for you.
4. Trim all tree branches to atleast 2-3 yards away from your home
A lot of rodents and even insects often enter our homes by jumping 1-3 feet from nearby trees. Additionally, such tree branches can cause physical damage to our homes in and of themselves.
Consider calling pest control if necessary. Pest control professionals don’t just perform pest control, they can also perform expertly done routine checks for everything that might be crawling around your house.
Signs that your home is infested with pests or bugs:
For a more targeted approach, here are some signs to look for:
1. There are insect predators such as spiders and ladybugs crawling around
This could indicate that there are other insects for them to feed on.
2. There are tapping noises coming out of the walls
This is a very common sign of anything from termites to roof rats, squirrels or bats. Termites are probably the biggest and most damaging offender as far as homeowners are concerned, as far as homeowners are concerned, so before moving into your new home, make sure to check for signs of these pests.
3. There are mud piles alongside external wall edges
A lot of insects cover their in-wall nests with mud to protect them.
4. There are dead bugs, bug scales or bug droppings across the floor
Don’t ignore those as you’re cleaning – they can be an indication of a larger problem.
5. There are weird smells inside the place. A lot of pests leave unpleasant odours behind them
Bed bugs are famous for their musty smell, rats smell like ammonia, roaches can leave an oily aroma in the air, and so on.
Guest author: Kristiana Kripena is the Content and Digital Marketing Director for InsectCop.net, a pest control advice blog helping people deal with their pest problems quickly and efficiently.