Winter has come and gone….Finally! It’s spring and the saying goes, April showers will bring May flowers, but the rain may also bring other things too, pest problems. Moisture is one of the main ingredients needed for many pest invasions, such as termites or carpenter ants around your home. Post-winter exterior home inspections and subsequent repairs become very important in the early spring to help prevent these and other possible invaders throughout the summer months ahead. What should you look for when inspecting?
- Broken downspouts and gutters – are they in need of repair?
- Ice dam areas that cause moisture and rotting wood – can they be repaired?
- Missing roof tiles or singles – are they replaced/repaired?
- Misplaced splash blocks, or misdirected or turned-over splash blocks – are they righted?
- Leaking hose bibs – can they be replace?
- Is there proper grading and drainage around your home to remove water?
- Is there any structural wood-to-soil contact, creating a pathway for termites?
- Firewood stacked and stored against the home’s perimeter – can it be moved away or store off the ground?
- Is there any vegetation touching the structure – is it trimmed back?
- Gaps around utility conduit openings – are the sealed?
- Screening on vents to the outside of the home — are they in place?
- Screens on windows – are they ripped or compromised in any way?
- Door sweeps and weather stripping on doors – are they secure and in place?
- Is the lighting around you home conductive to pests? Do you need yellow light bulbs that attract fewer insects pests, and spiders?
- Do you have chimney caps and are they in place to excluded large animals like raccoons?
- Louvers and venting in attic – are they secure/not compromised?
- Is your siding intact?
- Are your eves intact?
In the early spring it is important to perform a thorough exterior home inspection to help prevent pests throughout the summer months.