Hello everyone, this is Quincy with Harpoon Pest Solutions. And this is the Harpoon Pest Solutions Pest Control podcast. Today, I just wanted to briefly talk about some things that a homeowner would do to pest proof their home. It’s very basic things too, but each season is necessary to pretty much go through your home and just inspect for some, some basic things just to look out for, especially if you are moving into a new home or if it’s your first year there. If you’re not too familiar with the with the home, you may want to have it you know, inspected or inspected yourself. So the day is going to be some things that you could actually do yourself, the first thing you want to do is check out the attic. And the ethical tell you a lot of things about that house, if there’s been an issue with mice, squirrels, raccoons, there could be things possibly already living in the attic, but you really won’t know until you actually you know, go into the attic with a powerful light. And just just take a look. It’ll tell you things about just the history of the house, or droppings there there could be even evidence that birds have gotten in stinging insects and other in other different kinds of insects. You could even see evidence of that those things would be all found in the attic. So the attic will tell you a lot of a lot of things about was making its way into your house. Right down from the attic underneath the attic is of course the bedroom. Now the bedroom is a place where not too many, you know common household pests will be found. But when you go through your bedroom and you’re changing your your sheets and your your bedding and stuff like that, you want to be on the lookout for bedbugs. anymore, bedbugs can pretty much be picked up anywhere, you know, um, you know, it used to be a time when you could kind of trace back to maybe had some home visitors that come over, maybe went on vacation somewhere, and then you brought something back, you know, maybe 10 years ago, 15 years ago was easy to kind of trace if you had an issue or how you got it, but now, not so much. It seems like you could be just about anywhere in any public place. And you know, transmission can happen, you can pick up a bedbug, you know, at any time, so really what you’re looking for when you change the sheets and pillowcases and stuff like that you’re looking for droppings, and cast skins and even actual bedbugs themselves. Now in an adult bedbug is probably going to be about the size of an apple seat. And you’ll know when you see it that it just doesn’t belong there and your bed, the droppings kind of look like Ink Spots or ink marks. The best way I can describe it is like someone just took like a Sharpie pen or like a ballpoint pen and just let the ink bleed out into the fabric sometimes you’ll see like, you know, sometimes it’ll have like a across pattern or something like that, you know, anything like that is definitely a flag should go up. And you may want to have your you know, your place inspected by a professional. Moving on down through the house to the outside of the house, you have the porch. Now a lot of people like to keep plants and you know little bit of nature out there on the porch, and that’s totally fine. But you want to make sure that you’re checking the pots thoroughly. And that the the potting soil isn’t just like full of like water sometimes in that, in that when you hit water in that potting soil. Things breed in that, you know, all kinds of sometimes nets other insects can breed in that potting soil. So you just want to be mindful that you know, take a look at the leaves, you know, remove any dead leaves, anything, anything like that that might be on a porch. Inside the house or around the house, or the walls, you have the foundation walls. And here you want to check the wood or any type of wood materials that may be part of the house because you want to make sure that the house is not having an issue with termites. And this is something that you probably would have had an inspection for if you were buying a home or you may have someone come and inspect the home every so often for termites. That’s an inspection that I normally recommend a person have done once a year maybe once every two years have someone come in, if there’s any wood exposure, where that can be examined, especially if it’s part of the foundation walls if it’s part of a crawlspace as part of the basement. Having those areas check to make sure that

There isn’t anything visible that could be seen. So with termites, you’re going to, you know, you’re going to see those visible mud tunnels, tubes, things like that, which would should raise alarm. In the springtime, if you have an issue with what appears to be winged ants, that that’s a reason to get on the phone and call a local professional, we’ll have them come out and make sure that it’s ants and it is not wing termites. Now, the next area is the roof. Now on the roof is important, takes a little time and it could be a little tricky because it’s a really thoroughly inspect a roof, you need a ladder, but you want to make sure that there’s no potential entrances or loose shingles. You don’t want anything that could allow, you know, small animals to enter, you definitely want to make sure I mean, small rodents will will climb the walls of the of your house and they will enter in through the roof. So you just want to make sure that all the vents and the roof returns and the flashing along the chimney and the skylight, you want to check those things for gaps and make sure that there’s not going to be any, any issues there. And then also, your your windows, which is just you know, I mean, this is like one of the number one things that you know, you want to check out, make sure that there’s no damage around the screens. And if there’s any openings, you want to make sure you can fix those things. So that you can keep out mosquitoes and stink bugs and ladybugs and stuff like that. And then finally inside the house, just the floors, you know, as part of a seasonal inspection, and bug prevention, you want to vacuum the surface of the floors in your house. And, you know, use that little nozzle attachment and try to get into those little cracks and crevices and remove as much as that stuff as possible. Make sure that there’s no boxelder bugs or anything like that, harboring, you know, in between like, maybe a door that’s not really used too often in your house. You know, I’ve seen that happen where boxelder bugs just kind of get in between a screen door and outer door that’s maybe not in a lot of use and you know, you got a ton of boxelder bugs in there. So those are the I think what we have here is 1234567! Seven things that need attention when it comes to pest proofing our home. Those are the seven pest proofing tips for the day. This is Quincy with Harpoon Pest Solutions and say goodbye to the last bug. Thanks

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7 Pest Control Tips for Lansdowne PA Home Owners
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