5 Tips to Pest Proof how to get rid of ants in the house Your House

I love nearly everything about autumn. But what I don’t enjoy is what the colder weather can bring into how to get rid of ants in the house my house: critters and pests. Over the years I’ve fought all kinds, at least the kinds we get in the western US. Nothing particularly exotic, but still annoying: mice, spiders, ants, and hornets. Like in our (still underway) 1905 house renovation — where it’s full of great places for spiders to live, like this:

I’ve had fewer problems in recent years, however, now that we’ve learned how to prep the house better — and when we should call a professional. And with my latest renovation project — a 1905 house — I got extra smart and did some more in-depth preparation. I’ll tell you what I did, what I called the pros for — and I’ll share five tips for winterizing your home against pests how to get rid of ants in the house — and show you a great resource ( pestworld.Org) for learning more about preventing pests in your home — after the break!

During my 1905 house renovation, I found a lot of issues I couldn’t see until I had the walls off (yes, we stripped the walls to the plaster and brick). And here’s my story for this renovation: luckily it’s not too disgusting! We found mud and paper wasps‘ nests in nearly every nook and cranny — in the laundry room, in the back room walls, and throughout the attic. I mean, along the back wall there were old wasps; nests about every 8 inches. And the attic rafters probably held about 50 old nests how to get rid of ants in the house as well. When my husband was doing the wiring, he kept bumping into them — and finally knocked them down into the loose insulation. We went through a LOT of cans of expanding foam how to get rid of ants in the house (even along the eaves from the attic). The house was built in at least three phases — so there were a lot of cracks to be filled!

It’s not just wasps in the warm months looking for how to get rid of ants in the house cracks in the house. We could tell by the mouse traps (although luckily no damage) in this house renovation that they’d had to fight some field mice infestations as well. We live in a neighborhood where there is some open how to get rid of ants in the house space … and when the weather turns cold, the little furry folks like to go where it’s warm. You wouldn’t believe the small cracks and spaces that mice can how to get rid of ants in the house get in through!

We had to replace the sewer and water lines into how to get rid of ants in the house this house, and while we were digging a new hole through the how to get rid of ants in the house granite foundation, we sealed all open spots in the foundation — and then poured quickset concrete around where we had run how to get rid of ants in the house the new sewer pipe into the foundation to make sure how to get rid of ants in the house they couldn’t burrow in.

In our house, we found the mice tried to get in through bathroom how to get rid of ants in the house and dryer vents, so we bought a screen like these or these to how to get rid of ants in the house put over our vents — I can’t recommend them enough. I’ve had friends who have had problems with birds trying how to get rid of ants in the house to get in the vents no matter how far above how to get rid of ants in the house ground they are — so these may be wise for you regardless. Therefore,

The other important thing we learned — and we took advantage of with this renovation — is to call the professionals and have them come regularly. Spiderwebs coated the corners throughout the cellar of this 1905 how to get rid of ants in the house house, and we knew we couldn’t get them all. So the first thing we did once we got all how to get rid of ants in the house of the demolition done is to call our pest control how to get rid of ants in the house company — they spray the exterior of our house regularly — and have them spray the house heavily while there was how to get rid of ants in the house easy access to the inside and outside.

We found that we have only the occasional spider in how to get rid of ants in the house our house — and nowhere near the massive swarms of summer ants we how to get rid of ants in the house used to get — once we have our pest control company spray regularly. (and yes, we believe it’s important to get a qualified company with a good how to get rid of ants in the house environmental reputation, and we keep kids and pets away.)

It’s also important to remember that the things you do how to get rid of ants in the house for keeping the winter weather out are important for keeping how to get rid of ants in the house unwanted visitors out as well. We annually inspect the weatherstripping around our doors to see how to get rid of ants in the house if any needs replacing. Strangely, most don’t, but the one back door to the garage seems to how to get rid of ants in the house need annual replacement. It’s inexpensive and easy to replace — just visit your local hardware store. Tip #4: don’t forget to check door and window weatherstripping

If you are cleaning up around your yard, too, don’t forget to check for damp areas, clogged drains and so forth. We’ve cleaned both our yard and the yard in the how to get rid of ants in the house renovation house to avoid clogged drains — mulchy areas, food, and storage containers can harbor insects — most of which you won’t want in your house!

We have had bad luck with roaches. In our old apartment, we had roaches for 2 years. It was disgusting. I can’t tell you how many times I had to rewash how to get rid of ants in the house dishes because of them. The apartment complex only sprayed our apartment and not the how to get rid of ants in the house others which meant they were still around. In our house now we have had roaches, but mostly ants and spiders. I just cleared out our garage so we can have how to get rid of ants in the house it sprayed. A few other tips for bugs: make sure your food is well sealed. If possible, remove any bushes and plants that are growing right next how to get rid of ants in the house to your house. They make a great home for pests. Make sure your doorways are well sealed. Have someone shine a flashlight through the crack of the how to get rid of ants in the house door. You shouldn’t be able to see it. Don’t throw food away in the trash can without putting how to get rid of ants in the house it in a bag. Rinse out inside trash cans every few months with water how to get rid of ants in the house and a bleach solution. If you have a roach problem, don’t leave bulky plugs plugged in. They WILL hide between the plug and wall because it’s warm. It’s incredibly gross! If you see one ant, it’s time to spray your area. They leave a trail for other ants to follow.

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