Perhaps you've heard of a business called the Do Drop Inn, or maybe it was spelled the Dew Drop Inn. Regardless, the name is designed to make people feel welcome to come and visit any time they want. For a business communicating to potential customers, this is a great sign, but as a homeowner, you do not want to put out a Do Drop In sign for bugs, rodents, or wildlife. The following is a list of Do Drop In signs you may be putting out for pests without even knowing it.
Gaps and cracks in your foundation, walls, or roof. If you want pests to know they are not welcome, seal up these openings using a caulking gun.
A wet wood pile up against your house. This will invite termites, carpenter ants, and other wood-chewing insects to come and stay. To prevent this, stack wood away from your home and keep it up off the ground.
Trees and shrubs that touch your home. Since bugs and animals can use these as bridges to get to the outside, and eventually the inside, of your home, these things should be trimmed back from your exterior walls.
Pet food that is left out all the time. Pests love pet food. You may as well have a neon sign that says, "Come on in," if you leave pet food out. To discourage pests, only put pet food down at mealtimes.
Food that is left out or not properly stored. If bugs or rodents get into your wall voids, and subsequently into your kitchen or pantry, they will be more than happy to stay if they find food available. Take down that welcome sign by keeping all food stored in the fridge or inside sealed plastic containers.
Wet areas inside or outside your home. Bugs and animals need water to survive. If you keep your place as dry as possible, many pests will feel less welcome.
Another great way to discourage pests from taking up residence in your home is to hire a professional pest control company. Here at McCall, we are passionate about keeping unwanted pests away from your home and family. Put out a Don't Drop In sign for pests by calling McCall. You'll be glad you did.