With a mild winter comes less snow, less cold, more sun, more fun... and a buggier spring. Carpenter Ants, termites and ticks are creeping into our yards earlier than usual. We want to provide you with a few pest prevention tips today to help avoid serious pest issues now and throughout the summer.
-Trim your trees and bushes so branches do not touch or come in contact with your house.
-Make sure to correct any moisture problems such as leaking roofs or plumbing, poorly ventilated attics, crawl spaces and blocked gutters.
-Replace rotted or water-damaged wood and eliminate wood to soil contact. While termites may be feeding on the wood around your house, carpenter ants excavate the wood to create galleries used for various purposes.
-Remove dead stumps within 50 feet of your house, if practical, and repair trees with damage at broken limbs and holes in their trunks.
-Be sure to store firewood off the ground away from the house and bring in only enough firewood you intend to use quickly.
-Seal cracks and crevices in the foundation, especially where utility pipes and wiring occur from outside.
-Finally, keep your lawn cut and trimmed, and ensure your leaf debris is promptly and properly disposed or recycled.
With these simple steps, you'll make serious progress in preventing infestations of the season's biggest pests. Of course, fighting pests isn't always easy. Don't let a small infestation grow out of control. Contact the Catseye team and we'll knock out any persistent pests!