Tips to Protect Your Home from Insects and Vermin

May 29, 2013 at 10:54 AM | Posted in Home | Leave a comment
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This time of year, it is common to see spiders and other small bugs in your home, and to see the ants marching across your counter. There are other things that can get into your home and cause problems such as bees, mice, squirrels, and birds. Unfortunately, a homeowner policy does not provide coverage for damage caused by birds, vermin, rodents, or insects. Preventing them from getting into your home in the first place is the key. Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Make sure all entry points to your roof are sealed and repaired if necessary. Holes in vents, fascia boards, and trim are common areas that birds, squirrels, and bees use for getting into your home to nest.
  2. Seal cracks in foundations and exterior walls so chipmunks, snakes, and mice can’t find their way into your foundation.
  3. Check screens and seals on doors and windows for gaps or tears.
  4. Have an  treat the perimeter of your home each spring to keep the ants from marching in.
  5. Keep wood piles away from your foundation.
  6. Store foods in airtight containers.

Staying vigilant throughout the summer will keep you ahead of the critters. Bees and hornets are especially resourceful and will constantly keep finding new areas to build a nest.

If you have any questions on how your policy will respond to a situation, call us at 888-850-9400.

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