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Building Your New Home With Pest Defense In Mind

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When you hear the words "pest control," insecticides and ant traps probably come to mind first. It's true that these are methods of pest control, but they are reactive methods -- methods that you apply after pests are noticed. There is another approach to pest control, called the proactive approach, that involves designing buildings that are less attractive to pests in the first place. If you're building a new home, here are some ways to build with pest control in the forefront.

Treat the Soil for Termites.

Termites are some of the most destructive pests you can possibly get inside a home. Once they move in they're really tough to get rid of. If termites are common in your area, make sure your builders treat the soil for termites before they begin building. This generally involves applying pesticides to the soil where the home will be built and extending the application outward from the construction site a few feet in each direction. They can also treat any wooden beams being used to build the home with borate, which will deter termites from eating the wood in the future.

Improve Drainage.

If the home will be built in a wet area, do all that you can to dry out the land where the home will be built, plus any land that will be used as a lawn. This may include digging additional drainage ditches, installing drain tile, or even replacing some of the topsoil with gravel, which is known to drain better. A large number of pests, including mosquitoes, cockroaches, and ants are attracted to wet conditions, so making sure the land around your home is dry will help keep them away.

Choose Tight Sealing Doors and Windows.

Make sure the doors and windows you choose for your home have great weatherstripping and seal tightly. Insects like ants and box elder bugs are likely to enter through gaps around the doors and windows. Once inside, they tend to proliferate. You'll still need to remember to close your doors and windows to keep them out, but at least you can be confident that your closed doors and windows will exclude them. Casement windows tend to be the most tightly sealing window style and hinged doors seal more tightly than sliding doors. 

If you build your home with pest control in mind from the get-go you should have fewer issues with ants, roaches, and other pests as time goes on.