First unwanted pest, odorous ants – While not a destructive pest, they are one of the most annoying and sometimes difficult to eradicate. Look for areas with unwanted moisture. Promptly repair roof and gutter leaks. Check your plumbing for pipe leaks and check window joints and siding for cracks or broken gaskets. Always keep vegetation away from touching the siding. Also, good ventilation helps prevent excessive moisture build-up.

Second unwanted pest, carpenter ants – Unlike the odorous ant, carpenter ants can definitely cause a lot of harm. First, remove all dead wood lying around your property. Large dead branches, diseased trees, old stumps within 300 feet should be removed. As for the interior of your home, check for damp, soft wood and check the crawl space for unused pieces of wood that may have been there since construction. Avoid leaking outdoor water taps as outdoor water too close to foundations can be an attraction. Make sure that in no part of the structure does the wood come into direct contact with the ground. Do not leave wood stacked leaning against the house. Repair foundation cracks which can provide an easy entry point. Finally, cut the tree branches away from the roof and siding.

Unwanted Third Pest, Sidewalk Ants – The best preventative measures for these include common sense. Always seal food tightly, preferably inside tight-fitting containers. Thoroughly cleaning food particles from counters and floors is a great help. Review your garden and consider moving plants they are particularly attracted to further away from the structure. Also, immediately kill any explorers you have spotted.

Fourth unwanted parasite, mice and rats: First of all, look for and close all open entry points around the perimeter of the building. Look at door jambs, pipes running through walls, vents, and even gaps in the roof and gutter. Any pet that is fed outside must scan its feeding area for food scraps that need to be removed. Store food (if supplies are stored in garages or pantries), flower bulbs, and household waste in closed containers. Keep the piles of wood away from the house and stack them above ground level with a free space underneath

Fifth unwanted parasite, Termites – The undisputed king of household pest damage. Within a few years, termites cause significant and costly structural damage. Look for unwanted moisture stains by checking for any necessary internal repairs. Again, excess vegetation too close to the house is a fundamental problem. If there is standing water near the house, try draining it or diverting it. Exposed and unprotected wood near the house should be raised because you never want untreated wood to touch the ground. Remove buried wood, stumps, and dead trees from the yard. Beware of garden mulch located too close to the foundation. Foundation cracks should be sealed. Review the crawl space to make sure there is good ventilation of the crawl space.

Sixth unwanted parasite, Wasps (bees, yellow jackets) – Begins with cleaning up fat and meat spills on decks and patios. Know their regular nest-building spots in your home and knock them down or wash them down while still small and sparsely populated (note: never attempt this if you are or suspect you are allergic to bees or if you notice even the slightest aggressive tendency to a bee / wasp. In these cases, call a professional pest control service immediately.) Consider relocating sugary bird feeders and composting sites away from home entrances. Seal the small cracks found in the siding.