Trying to get rid of pests in your home can be frustrating and pretty unpleasant. But you’re not alone.
We’ve seen it first-hand… Metro Detroit homeowners often have to deal with these common insects and critters:
Unfortunately, each of these pests can cause damage to your property over time, and some can even create health risks for residents.
Beyond hiring an exterminator to deal with your problem, are there any DIY solutions? At Mitten Made Properties, we do know a few – although as the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Here’s what we recommend.
Inspect Your Home’s Interior
You might be surprised and horrified to learn that mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime and rats can enter a space the size of a quarter. And they are highly motivated to do so during our long, cold Michigan winters. Examine the outside of your home, especially around doors and windows, and use silicone caulk to block off small entry points. Try stuffing wider gaps with steel wool, which discourages rodents from trying to gnaw their way into your home.
Store Firewood Away From Your Home
Rodents and insects love to create nests in big piles of wood – including your firewood. While you can’t prevent them from sheltering in your wood pile, you canat least keep them at arm’s length by stacking your firewood at least 20 feet away from your home.
Keep Your Garage Well-Organized
In outdoor storage areas like sheds and garages, keep boxes on shelves and well-sealed. Cardboard boxes on the floor are likely to attract pests. Plastic tubs are a better option to better protect what’s inside and to keep little nesters away. This is a good practice for attics and basements too.
There is a lot you can do to prevent pests from getting inside your home. But if you’re facing a problem that’s already out of control, it might be time to hire a professional exterminator. Alternatively, you might consider selling your home completely as-is for cash so you don’t have to worry about evicting those very unwelcome little residents.
At Mitten Made Properties, we can make you a fair cash offer, close in as little as two weeks, and we’ll even pay closing costs. Give us a call at (248) 883-3340 to learn more!