Whether you’re buying or selling a home, pests are one of the first things inspectors and appraisers look for. And while it is impossible to get a home completely bug proof, there are some steps you can take to minimize the number of creepy crawlies that make their way inside.
Everything from door sweeps and thresholds to window screens and weather stripping can help prevent bugs from finding their way into your living space. Make sure these are in good shape and replace or repair any that are worn or damaged. Also, make sure the gutters are working properly to reduce moisture around the house. Moist environments are attractive to bugs of all kinds.
In the kitchen, keep food in airtight containers and sanitize trash cans regularly. It is also a good idea to wipe down the counters after each meal and not leave food out for long periods of time. Ensure that bulk food items like rice, flour, and cereal are stored in tightly closed containers to discourage bugs. Avoid storing pet food in the pantry.
Outside, examine the foundation, siding, and roof of your house for holes or cracks that may allow insects to enter. Use caulk or spray foam products to seal any cracks you find. Also, be sure to check for gaps near vents, gas lines, and dryer lines.
Remember to trim back exterior tree limbs that are too close to your house, as mosquitos love them and can easily fly into the living areas through these openings. And last but not least, use fans to move the air around. This helps to deter mosquitoes and other bugs that love a moist environment.