The Importance of Home Maintenance: Pest Control

by James A. Wood 04/05/2020

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Termites and other wood-destroying organisms can destroy a home in no time. Even if you have stucco on the outside, you have wood under the stucco. If a piece breaks off, termites and other bugs can get inside and destroy the walls. Wood is everywhere in our homes. Even block homes have wood in them. The trusses for the roof and the floor joists are usually wood. Keeping pests away from the house is part of maintenance that every homeowner should address.

Ways to Keep Pests Away From Your House

If your home does not have shrubs, flowers and bushes next to it, don’t plant anything there except for low flowers or shrubs. Keep them at least a foot away from the house. Plants are like superhighways into your home for bugs and rodents. If you do keep bushes next to your home, be sure to keep them trimmed at least a foot away from the house, and pick up any plant debris such as leaves and grass cuttings.

Termites are not the only bugs to worry about. Fleas, gnats, mosquitoes and other bugs make their home around your house. These bugs bite and are usually make spending time outside uncomfortable. Be sure you don’t have anything that will hold water near your house, such as old tires, empty flower pots or birdbaths. Items that hold water are a big invitation for pests.

Keeping Pests Away

If you prefer not to hire a pest control company, you can often do your own pest control as long as you keep up with it and keep the area around your house free from debris. Always choose a pest control spray that is from a known brand and follow the instructions faithfully. If you have other pests that are not common, such as Japanese beetles or you are getting overrun with Asian ladybugs, always read the label to see if the product you choose will control these types of bugs.

You could also try planting certain flowers and herbs that are known to keep pests away. For example, basil, garlic and lavender all tend to keep mosquitoes away. You could plant one or all of these, or create a garden with several plants to keep a variety of bugs away from the house. If you have pets be careful with some plants as they may be poisonous to cats and dogs.

Chemicals and Pets

If you have pets, be sure to keep them away from the areas you sprayed until the spray dries. The instructions for the spray usually include information that will help keep your pets safe. If you need to spray your entire yard, spray a section at a time, so animals have available outdoor space while you wait for the treated area to be ready for use again.

About the Author
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James A. Wood

James is the Managing Broker of Gateway Realty Group, with over 24 years of sales, finance, and management experience in the real estate industry. He has a reputation for his friendly customer service and ability to guide buyers to obtain their dream home, and assist sellers to a smooth, stress free sale of their home. James understands that purchasing or selling a home is one of the most important decisions in a person’s lifetime. James is passionate about educating buyers and sellers to ensure that customers are comfortable during the sales process. James’s knowledge and expertise is attributed to his diverse experience in the real estate industry where he was President of Kensica Mortgage Banc and Midwest Mortgage & Financial Services. His background includes asset management, negotiating sales, and leasing of residential real estate property. James has experience working with first time home buyers to savvy real estate investors. James is currently a licensed real Estate Managing Broker in Illinois & Florida, Community Association Manager (CAM) in the state of Florida and Licensed loan originator in Illinois. When choosing James as your Realtor you can be assured that you will receive the most professional, prompt, and courteous service imaginable. James have always brought abundant energy, creativity, dedication, experience and personal knowledge to each transaction. You can be assured that he will stay on top of all the details of a deal, to provide a smooth and easy going transaction.