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Prepare Your Champaign County Home Now to Prevent Pests
Prepare Your Champaign County Home Now to Prevent PestsIt's hard to believe, but Spring is only about a couple of months away. And with the warmer Champaign weather comes the pests. If your home isn't prepared to resist them, they can cause damage and just be a plain nuisance. Here are some steps you can take now to make sure your home is ready this Spring to keep out these tiny threats.

Seal Gaps

Pests don't need a wide open door to get into your home. They can squeeze into any crack and crevice. Look for any unsealed gaps in your home, especially where pipes and electrical lines come into your home. Seal any gaps with caulking or foam insulation.

Store Firewood Away from the House

It may seem convenient now during the winter to store your firewood next to the house. But it's also an open invitation for pests. Store your firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.

Fix Torn Screens

Damaged window screens are also another entry point for pests. If you have any holes or rips in your screens, you can find a repair kit easily in most hardware stores. 

White Vinegar Deters Ants

Ants leave a trail for other ants to find food. You can eliminate that trail with a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2 cups water and 10 s of peppermint or eucalyptus oil.

Maintain Weatherstripping

If your weatherstripping around the exterior doors is worn or broken, you should replace it to close up any gaps where pests can enter.

Chase Away the Spiders

If spiders have made a home out of your basement, you can deter them with a humidifier to keep the humidity at about 40%. Also sweep down cobwebs when they appear. This should reduce the amount of spiders in your basement and keep them from the rest of the house as well.

Pests Don't Like Coffee

You can turn that morning cup of coffee into an effective pest deterrent. Pour your leftover coffee grounds in places where you think pests are entering. Many animals can't stand the smell of coffee. This trick can also work in your garden.

Inspect Crawl Spaces

Check around crawl spaces and basement for obvious nests of shredded material, which indicate rodents. Also look for smaller pests like ants or cockroaches.

Don’t Let Pests in Through the Dryer Vent

Examine dryer vents to ensure the damper isn’t stuck open or broken off completely. Also check that the seal between the vent and the wall is tight to keep house pests out.

Trim Plants Back From the House

Plants against the house make it easy for ants to enter. If you trim them back at least 3 feet from your house, this will close off their bridge. Keep a 3-in. to 6-in. clearance space between the soil around the foundation and the bottom row of siding to prevent ants from nesting in the siding.

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