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Every time the spring and summer months arrive, we expect pests such as ants, flies, termites and mosquitoes to emerge from winter hibernation to breed, multiply and form colonies. Potential sites around your home where they thrive include abandoned tires and piles of leaves or debris. While pest control methods help eradicate these unwanted guests, prevention remains the best way to minimize an infestation.

In this blog, Gutter Helmet® of Eastern Shore, one of the trusted sources of the best gutter covers in the area, shares ways to prevent pest infestation during the warmer months.

Seal Cracks and Gaps

Use silicone caulk to cover any cracks and crevices that you see on your home’s exterior that may serve as the pests’ point of entry to your home. Pay close attention to utility pipes, window trim and siding. A crack as thin as a dime is enough for cockroaches to crawl into.

Install Screens

Install the appropriate screens in every opening in your home, large or small, to prevent flying or crawling pests from finding their way inside your home. In addition to windows and entry doors, make sure your roof’s intake and exhaust vents and chimney openings have sufficient screens.

Repair Wood Components

Your home exterior’s wooden components like fascia boards and soffits are prone to moisture damage that result in rot and mold. These also attract insects such as termites and carpenter ants, expediting the deterioration of these integral parts of your home. Make sure to repair them as soon as possible to prevent infestations.

Keep Your Gutters Clean and Clog-Free

Mosquitoes love stagnant water, especially when it pools up in your gutters. See to it that you regularly clean them to ensure proper drainage of rainwater runoff. In doing so, you also prevent termites and carpenter ants from invading the fascia boards where the gutters are attached.

To ensure pest-free gutters this upcoming summer and beyond, consider investing in the best gutter covers and gutter systems in the area. Gutter Helmet of Eastern Shore installs quality gutter protection and seamless gutters in Salisbury, Maryland, and the surrounding communities. Give us a call at (866) 333-8150 or fill out our contact form.

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