Whenever you move into a new property, in Smyrna or anywhere else, for that matter, checking for cracks and gaps in the walls is a priority. This is usually done with an eye toward reducing heating and cooling inefficiency, but did you know it can be a huge factor in pest control, too? Read on to learn more.

 

Seal it Up

 

Cockroaches, silverfish, and other pests see a house differently than do the human occupants. For those insects, the insides of walls, undersides of sinks, and other hard-to-reach locations are oftentimes where they spend most of their time. If you want to keep them out of your house, seal up any cracks you find.

 

 

 

You can get expanding foam at most hardware stores that’s ideal for this. Keep in mind that expanding foam really expands a lot, it’s incredibly adhesive, and it makes a big mess if you’re not careful. Nonetheless, if you’re averse to pesticides, this is one of the best ways to keep pests out of your home. Caulking and spackle can also be used to repair holes and gaps, depending upon their location.

 

What Do they Want?

 

Most people assume that pests are always looking for food, and that’s true, but they’re also after water and shelter. Don’t give them any of that. Clean up your food waste immediately and don’t even leave a crumb out. Just as importantly, if you have standing water in sinks or other locations, take care of it. Standing water can be as, or more, attractive than food to some pests.

 

Get the Home Inspected

 

Some pests, such as roaches, flies, and so forth, are just that: pests. Others are genuine hazards to your home, especially termites. Have your house inspected for any damage from insects. We will, of course, help you arrange such an inspection, and any issues resulting from that inspection should be addressed with the seller.

 

Be Wary of Threats

 

On the theme of some pests being downright dangerous, be wary if you or a family member is allergic to stinging insects such as bees or wasps. If so, call a professional to remove nests. There are several benefits to this. The first is obvious: you don’t have to risk getting stung. In some cases, however, beneficial insects such as bees can be relocated to a better home, and you don’t end up harming the environment as you would if they were just killed off.

 

 

 

Controlling pests isn’t hard but, if you see signs that a homeowner whose property you’re looking at hasn’t attended to this work, be sure to bring it up with your Realtor so they can address the problem for you.