In Colorado, we’re lucky that we don’t have to deal with bugs too regularly. But sometimes we do, and those aren’t the only pests that can cause a problem in your home. Termites, mice, pigeons, voles and other bugs are common pests that can cause damage to your home and landscaping. Here are some of the best ways to pest-proof your property.
Bugs are never fun and it can sometimes feel like no matter what you do they keep coming back. Luckily there are steps you can take to prevent your home from feeling like it’s full of creepy crawlies. First, make sure there are no damaged pipes or standing water. Mosquitoes and roaches love damp areas, and if you’re giving them the perfect environment, they’re sure to come in. Frequent cleaning can help rid your home of small pests like flies, booklice, boxelder bugs and stink bugs. Removing any food sources such as leftover fruit and vegetables can help as well. If you have a compost pile, be sure it’s covered and sealed or bugs will thrive. Sealing as many cracks as possible, and ensuring your window and door screens are in good working order will do wonders for preventing pests from getting in your home in the first place. If you have a serious problem, chemical spraying or bug bombs may be your best bet to get the problem under control before implementing other long-term solutions.
Mice and Voles
Mice come into our homes for a variety of reasons: easily accessible food, a warm place to sleep, and plenty of small spaces to make a nest. While mouse traps can seem like the best idea, they don’t solve the problem; more mice will come in. A better way is to mouse-proof your house to get to the root of the problem. Seal off an holes into your home with metal or steel wool. Close any gaps around windows and doors with weather stripping. Keep your trash bins as far from your house as possible. You can also soak cotton balls with peppermint oil and put them in areas mice may be getting into your homes; this smell with repel the mice. Keeping your home very clean, using traps and wrapping leftovers that might be appealingly left on the counter in tin foil will help deter mice as well. Implement as many of these tips as possible to achieve a mouse-free house.
Pigeons are naturally drawn to human-habitated areas because we give them exactly what they want. Lots of easily accessible food (think garbage, dropped food, etc.) as well as great places for them to nest. This is particularly a problem in cities, where flat nesting areas are abundant, but can definitely be a nuisance elsewhere as well. Discourage pigeons by ensuring your garbage is fully covered and they can’t get in it. Add bird wire or wooden or metal sheathing at 49 degree angles to remove flat nesting areas. If you have a major infestation, you can purchase OvoControl, a pigeon contraceptive.