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Pest Tips January 31, 2018

We understand that successful pest prevention requires a partnering effort, our Enviropest Solution, and support from you. Below are some tips to control pests you can use to help our partnership succeed.

Indoor Pest Prevention Tips

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• Keep foods such as cereal, flour, noodles, and pet food in tightly sealed containers.

• Keep living areas and kitchens clean and free of crumbs.

• Seal any outside door entry points or cracks (areas where you see light, or where you can feel air penetrating).

• Keep air conditioning filters clean and thermostats properly adjusted to avoid mold and mildew which might attract pests.

• Limit access to water or moisture sources by sealing any cracks and leaks around pipes, faucets, toilets, tile, etc. (Many common pests need moisture to live and reproduce inside your home).

• Empty food or water containers regularly and do not leave them out overnight.

• Wipe countertops frequently to keep them free of sugars (soft drink spills, food particles, etc.).

• Sweep and vacuum floors often. Frequently empty exterior garbage containers and keep full garbage bags in closed containers which are picked-up regularly by sanitation services.

Outdoor Pest Prevention Tips

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• Caulk or seal cracks, crevices and other gaps around all windows (Caulking of all minor cracks and crevices along first-floor windows is included in Waynes EnviroPest service).

• Inspect all screened windows and doors to ensure the screens are installed tightly along the frame, and repair tears in the screens.

• Check gutter drains/downspouts to ensure that all water is directed away from your home's foundation.

• Caulk or seal any gaps where utility wires or pipes enter your home.

• Clean gutters regularly (at least annually) to prevent pest harborage.

• Keep garbage containers clean and lids sealed.

• Keep garage doors closed and inspect weather stripping to ensure that it is effectively installed and not worn.

• Remove any piles of debris or firewood away from the structure, at least four feet off the ground.

• Divert your air conditioner drip line at least two feet away from your home's foundation.

• Inspect your irrigation system to ensure that puddling of water near the foundation does not occur. (Note: If so, consult with an irrigation professional to correct the issue).

• Prune trees, shrubs, and other vegetation so that they are not touching your home - especially around windows and doors.

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