If you're like most homeowners, you want to keep your home interior as free of insect pests as possible. You've probably installed fine-mesh screens on windows to keep the culprits from entering your home when you open a window to enjoy a little fresh air, and you're undoubtedly careful not to leave your doors open for very long during the spring and summer months when insects are most active. However, there are other strategies that you may want to consider. Following are three more safeguards that you can put in place in order to help ensure that you and your family have an insect-free home interior.
Keep Your Woodpile Away From Your House
If you've got a fireplace or a wood stove in your home, you and your family probably love the particular type of luxurious warmth that only wood-burning fixtures seem to provide. However, although it's very tempting to stack wood against the side of your house or on the porch, doing so is not recommended. Wood attracts a variety of insect pests from common house flies to subterranean termites, and stacking it close to your house or on the porch makes it easier for them to access your home interior.
Some homeowners bring enough wood indoors to last for a few days, but this is not recommended either. The problem with this strategy is that some wood-boring insects such as termites can't be detected via visual inspection of the wood, and others lay eggs on or in the wood that proceed to hatch when moved into a warm environment.
Install Vinyl Siding
Having vinyl siding installed on the exterior of your home will protect it from being damaged by insect pests. A a nonporous surface, insects are not able to lay their eggs on vinyl, and wood-boring insects can't penetrate it. The extreme durability of this material makes it unlikely that it will chip or otherwise erode to the extent where it provides the type of small nooks and crannies where many types of insects love to law their eggs.
Repair Leaky Plumbing
Most people don't associate leaky plumbing with increased insect presences, but bugs need water too -- and leaky pipes or faucets provide that. Checking for leaks, particularly around your outdoor faucets, should be a routine part of your scheduled household maintenance.
Please feel free to contact your local vinyl siding contractor at your earliest convenience to learn more about the benefits of installing vinyl siding on your home exterior.