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Summertime Pest Proofing Tips

Summertime in Chicago brings lots of joy to its residents through street festivals, beach days, outdoor dining, and more. It also can bring in pests such as ants, mosquitoes, flies, gnats, roaches, wasps and even rodents– not the kind of guests you’re looking to host in the summer! Here are some summertime pest proofing tips that can help keep these intruders out. 

Check Doors and Windows

You’ll want to make sure there are no places where bugs may be getting inside, and a common entry point for pests is around your doors and windows. Changing the weatherstripping on the windows and doors is important because it breaks down over time, creating gaps that may allow bugs and pests to crawl through.

Food & Garbage Clean Up

Some pests may be attracted to the smell of certain foods, so it is important to keep your kitchen counters clean, keep food in sealed containers, and take out garbage periodically to avoid stench. 

Check for Standing Water

Make sure there aren’t areas on the property where water collects, such as outdoor furniture, as this will become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and can make your outdoor space unenjoyable. 

Check Exterior of House 

It’s always good to check the overall exterior of your home to make sure that there are no cracks, holes, or other damages that can become an entry point for pests. Regular landscaping is also important because overgrown foliage attracts more bugs and brings them closer to your home.

Bring in Professionals

Of course, if pests get out of control or you need further help it’s always smart to hire a professional.  A pest control provider can further evaluate your home and give you the best options to make your home pest free.

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