You have made the decision to move, you found a new home, you have organized your moving day, hired a professional moving company and now you need to focus your attention on your new home. You have just bought a new place, and you want it to be perfectly clean, we are sure that mice and termites or other pests will not be welcome in your new home. You want to make sure that your home will be pest and bug-free, that is why you should read our guide on how to pest-proof your new home.
1. Start With Cleaning the House and the Yard
Pests love to nest in dark and dirty places, and if your house is not a completely new one you need to clean it really thoroughly, but don’t forget to clean your yard too. You need to make sure that you have checked and cleaned every corner, go down to the basement, up on the attic, clean all of the hidden spots. You can hire a professional cleaning company to do this task for you. After you have finished with house cleaning go out and clean the yard, clean the paths around the house, clean your deck and if it is possible, clean the space under it. Make sure that you have covered all of the spaces that can potentially harbor pests.
2. Inspect Your Roof
You have already cleaned the attic and now you should inspect your roof too. You need to be thorough because small animals like mice and squirrels will find their way in. You need to seal all the holes, even the smallest ones, small animals have their way in making the little holes big enough for them to come through. Lastly, you want to block your vents with wire mesh and cap your chimney.
3. Cut the Tree Limbs That Are Too Close
You can hire a professional arborist to trim and cut the tree limbs and branches that are too close to your new home. Squirrels can easily climb your roof if there is a branch close enough, all sorts of bugs can come from trees through your open windows or cracks on the walls. Not only that you will be one step closer to pest-proofing your home, but you will also have attractive and healthy trees.
4. Replace or Fix Existing Barriers and Seal All Entry Points
Find all the holes, cracks and crevices and check do they have barriers if they do you may need to replace or fix them. There are small spaces around plumbing and between walls that you will want to seal too. Use wire mesh for sealing the plumbing holes.
5. Last Step: Hire Professionals
If you want to be completely sure that your home is pest-free you should hire the professional company to fumigate. You need to do this before you move in because pest-proofing companies use all sorts of chemicals and your home will need to be vacant for a period of time before it is safe for you to move in. If your home is completely new, maybe, there is no need to call professionals and expose yourself to chemicals.
When all this is done only one thing remains, and this last thing will be done on a moving day. There is a possibility that some flying bug will land on your items during the unloading process and transferring your items from moving truck to your new home. You should check all your boxes before bringing them inside. Maybe those boxes and packing materials were old, or they came from some basement and they should be inspected before packing your items too.