When the weather gets warmer and more humid here in Berks County, it makes for the ideal condition for pests to thrive in the summer, such as termites and cockroaches. Once your home is infested with pests, it can be difficult to get rid of them, even with professional help. This not only can cause issues now, but especially if you decide to sell your home later.

What can you do to help prevent pests from invading your property and causing damage?

1. Repair your roof

Pests can gain access to your home through damaged roof tiles. If any are damaged on your roof, fill in cracks with roofing cement, or replace broken tiles. Also check your drainpipes, as debris can cause water to build up and create a breeding ground for many types of insects. Also check the overhang of the roof and in between roof tiles for signs of nests.

2. Clean your air vents

Termites can also get into your home through the air vents. When the climate in Pennsyvania changes in spring and summer, termites will begin to swarm to establish new colonies. You can install mesh airbrick covers to prevent them from making a nest under your home.

3. Keep an eye on your attic

Pests love to make nests in roof spaces and attics. Termites will feast on exposed wood beams. And other items are subject to attracting cockroaches and rodents. You should store items in plastic containers to prevent pests from making your stored items a buffet. Also regularly check beams for termite damage. Press your thumb on the timber to test if it is soft and spongy.

4. Rethink your bedroom

You aren't the only one who thinks your bedroom is comfy. Pests, such as bedbugs, love to turn bedrooms into places to take refuge. To prevent and kill bed bugs, you should  wash bed linen at a high temperatures regularly. Check beds, pillows, mattresses, bed frames, and carpet for signs of bugs. Check skirting boards and ensuite bathrooms for signs of termite activity, such as damp patches on the walls. Keep furniture away from the walls and shut doors and windows at night.

5. Maintain your garden

Pests also love gardens. Remove unwanted tree stumps and keep piles of wood away from your home to prevent termites. Use mulch made from plastic, rubber, and gravel instead of wood and seal compost in a container that has a tight lid. Also, remove standing water from buckets and containers and keep shrubbery to a minimum.

6. Don’t forget your garage

Keep you garage kept up to keep pests away. This means you should take steps to make sure your garage is free of moisture. Store items in plastic boxes, and ideally off the floor and check corners for wasps and hornet nests.

7. Keep your kitchen clean

Avoid your kitchen turning into a buffet for pests. You need to keep on top of this as pests in your kitchen can contaminate your food and make you ill. Empty bins daily and keep work surfaces clean. Always store food in airtight containers and don't leave pet food out in hot weather. Finally, check pipes for leakage, and repair if them if you need to. 

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