Prevention Tips

Spring is around the corner! And with Spring comes warm weather….and insects? While many people may not realize it, houses in Upstate New York run the risk of pest infestations from wood-destroying insects such as termites, carpenter ants and carpenter bees.

Once a major infestations occurs, you will need the services of a professional to eliminate the problem. But focusing on prevention will help you avoid having a problem down the road.

1. Clear plant overgrowth – shrubs and bushes should not touch the house.
2. Caulk cracks in the exterior of the home – even the smallest of openings can be a conduit into your home.
3. Remove and replace damaged exterior wood on your home. Keep unfinished or weathered wood painted to help prevent rot and decay.
4. Do not store firewood near the house. Keep firewood elevated at least five inches off the ground and a minimum or 20 feet from the house.
5. Keep attic vents clear from getting blocked by debris. Good ventilation is critical to preventing moisture buildup.

For more information, check out this article.

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