Every home-dweller has to eventually contend with pests such as insects, raccoons, and rodents. But don’t fret: There are time-proven ways to deter and eradicate these little beasts. We’ve collected some here:
Inspect your roof for leaks and make sure that all your gutters and downspouts are in good working order and that splash blocks and pipes divert water several feet away from your foundation.
Prune all your trees back at least several feet from your roofline and trim bushes one foot from your exterior walls, porches, garage, carports, outbuildings, etc.
Make sure that there is no standing water collecting in or adjacent to your crawlspace/foundation. Often a crawlspace is lower than the surrounding exterior grade and it acts as a sump allowing water seep in.
Make sure your foundation vents are secure and operating correctly for ventilation. If your ground is naturally damp in your crawlspace install a plastic vapor barrier to reduce airborne moisture.
Do not stack or store firewood, building materials and other items against your foundation. This will provide food for wood destroying insects, capture water and provide harborage for all types of pests.