You just arrived at your new home directly behind the Colorado moving company. They parked the truck, unloaded your stuff down to the room where each box belongs, and now you’re inside, ready to begin unpacking.
The last thing you should be worrying about is bugs or other pests, like rodents. But in reality, you might have no choice. This rings especially true when you are purchasing a home that had been on the market for some time. With no one there to keep it clean and make frequent passes down hallways and from room to room, spiders are able to multiply and build their webs wherever they please. Ants might be lurking, foraging crumbs not sufficiently cleaned up by the owners, or some sticky mess forgotten about at the bottom of a cabinet.
Here’s a handy list of ways to work towards making your home bug-free, whether you’re moving into a newly-built home just listed or a 113-year old home that’s been on the market for six months.
Where do the bugs come from in the first place? You should start here, the root of the problem – working from the outside-in is the best course of action in this scenario. First, you need to remove all leaf piles and debris from the perimeter of your house. Bugs just love decaying leaf piles. In the winter, even the leaves will be too cold, and just where will they flee? Into your home.
Don’t leave buckets full of water or any other collector of water to sit outside your home. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which in this day and age can carry diseases like EEE that has killed people in many states.
If you have holes of any size in your window screens, make note of this and replace them. It isn’t difficult to do – a kit can be purchased at hardware stores to do the job yourself along with a roll of screen. Not only will mosquitoes and blackflies be able to enter your house during the summer when your windows are open, wasps, bees, spiders, and hornets can get in as well.
Seal Any Gaps
Go through the home and seal up any cracks with caulking. It is an inexpensive way to limit the points-of-entry for pests to get in, and can help out in the winter months on heating costs too – a win-win! Don’t just search your house for cracks. You can do the same down in the basement. Seek out cracks in the foundation, along the exterior walls, and fascia board.
Find your dryer vent and see if there are gaps that can be sealed. Do the same by the places your utilities come into the home. For the areas where utilities feed inside the home, turn to a spray foam product to insulate this area.
Be sure to keep any areas you eat in free and clear from crumbs and food debris. Clean out the sink strainer every night, and don’t leave a sink full of dirty dishes to sit out all night. Teach your kids to clean up their messes, and to clean up any spills right when they happen instead of the next day. Bugs love sticky food messes, and once they become part of your kitchen, it is tough to get rid of them.
Another important lesson is to remove kitchen garbage as soon as it becomes a noticeable problem. Clean it out as frequently as possible. One way to force yourself to get into the habit is to have a small garbage can. It doesn’t have the chance to collect, thus eliminating old food scraps and the associated odor, along with the chance for bugs. Of course, if you’re a larger family, you are probably taking the trash out frequently anyway!
If you need to, you can call in a professional to come and remove problem bugs. Experts are always a good idea – after all, you hired professional residential moving company to take care of it, so why not hire one to deal with the bugs as well? Be sure to find one with a guarantee so that you can enjoy your new home as bug free as possible. If you need help moving, call your Colorado moving company, or ask us for a free moving quote online. You can also find out more about the free moving quote that we offer on this website.