Finally purchasing a house after searching for a long time is a rewarding feeling. But, before you can relax, there are many things you have to take care of, from getting new locks to settling on home decor to changing your address. You should also keep pest control in mind, which, like renovations, is easier to deal with before you move in. Even if you did a termite inspection or bought a new home, that does not mean you are in the clear. Pests move quickly and travel in swarms, so it does not take long for an infestation to occur. Bear these tips in mind before moving into your newly purchased home:
Clean Up the Landscape
Most insects like to seek the protection of debris when making their home outdoors. Woodpiles and overgrown gardens are the biggest contributors to outdoor home pest activity. Be sure to tend to your landscaping before you move in to prevent them from finding their way indoors. That means:
- Clearing out debris
- Clearing out woodpiles
- Moving vegetation away from the foundation
- Trimming shrubs and branches, so they do not touch the exterior of the house
Any maintenance you do to your landscape will prevent infestations and improve curb appeal.
Deep Clean the Carpets
There are a variety of tiny insects that like to settle into carpeting and create major issues. That is why you should first perform a deep steam cleaning and thorough vacuuming of all your carpets. Giving every square foot of your house a scrub down will ensure there are no tempting leftovers to attract bugs.
Weatherize Your Home
You can stop pests in their tracks and improve the energy efficiency of your home by weatherizing the inside and outside of it. New homes are usually built with this in mind, but older homes can benefit sealing cracks up that can cause air leaks. You should do this indoors and outdoors around doors, windows, pipes and vents using weather stripping or caulk. Check your door and window screens as well for air leaks. Screens that are damaged should be replaced with heavy-duty screens. If even air can’t get in your home, then it will be impossible for bugs to get in.
Inspect Packed Items
After doing the above recommendations, the last thing you want to do is bring pests in yourself. It is common for bugs to hide away in dark, cool areas like a moving box. It might take a bit more time, but you should still inspect each item as you unpack it for signs of pests. Pay close attention to clothing, bedding, wreaths, and ornamental plants.
Professional Pest Control Treatment
While your home is vacant, have a pest control specialist inspect it and treat any problems right away. It will be easiest for them to find pest problems before you have unpacked. They can also provide you with tips to prevent infestations tailored specifically for your house and its location.
To book a home inspection and pest-proof your new home, call Contact Pest Control. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians will conduct a thorough inspection and provide expert recommendations.