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Barriers to Block the Small Pests that Cause Problems in Your Home

You can improve the safety features of your home by using insulation and filters to block insects. If you do not use barriers to block tiny openings, then insects could eventually crawl into your home. There may be tiny spaces around the windows, doors and vents that are large enough for insects to crawl through and to then become a hazard for your family. The environment in your home will be safer and will have fewer health hazards if you control the problems that are caused by pests.

Insulation

There are different methods that you can use to block tiny spaces. A very simple method is to use the narrow strips of insulation that have a layer of adhesive. The strips are in rolls and are useful for small spaces. You can stick the strip on a door and can then peel the strip off if you need to trim the edges. Your home should not be airtight, but you can use strips of foam insulation to block those tiny spaces that are large enough for insects.

Windows

The common problem spots for windows are at the bottom of a window and around the window screen. A strip of insulation can be used to fill the space that is between the window sill and the bottom of a window. When your windows are closed, you can look for light that is entering around the window. If you see light around the window, then there is a space that is large enough for insects. The problem is easy to control and common with casement windows.

Doors

The space that is between your storm door and your house door is a common spot for insects. Those insects crawl around the storm door and then try to crawl around your house door to enter your home. If you can see light around the storm door, then there is a space that is large enough for insects. The narrow strips of insulation can be used to fill the space that is between the storm door and doorframe. A dragstrip at the bottom of the doors will prevent insects from crawling under the doors.

Vents

There are air vents inside your home and vents under the eaves of your roof. Insects could crawl through the narrow openings in those vents. If you install a screen or a thin filter behind those vents, then you can prevent insects from crawling into your home. Screens are more practical for the vents that are under the eaves. A thin filter will block dust and the insects that can hide inside the air ducts for your heating and air conditioning systems. With barriers, you can control problems from insects.
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