With summer months looming and warmer temperatures creeping back into the Chicagoland forecast, homeowners throughout the city have been encountering some house guests that are not very welcome. And though we all received a nice break from the typical winter temperatures this year, it also means many of the city’s creepy crawlers hung around, rather than dying off.
For Chicago condo owners, your association dues will go a long way toward pest control, but from time-to-time, you’ll have to fend off the occasional critter alone. That’s why we’ve compiled a few tips for ridding your space of unwanted guests.
1. Seal cracks. The easiest way for crawling insects to enter a home is through cracks in the siding and door or window frames. So, first things first–you must seal any possible entry points. Sealing cracks in your condo’s framework is easy, it just takes a little polyurethane caulk. Move the caulking tube slowly to ensure you fill gaps completely.
2. Use screens. In some condos, your front door opens to the great outdoors, rather than an interior hallway. If that’s the case, be mindful of your screen door. Insects tend to hover near screen doors, so when it opens they have easy access to your unit. Make sure your screen door includes spring closures that will force it to close quickly.
3. Control lighting. Another consideration for those with exterior doors–be conscientious of outdoor lighting and keep porch lights on as little as possible. Bugs are attracted to light, which means they’ll end up hanging around your exterior doors and windows. Also, it’s best to use yellow light bulbs in outdoor light fixtures as bugs are most attracted to white light.
4. Manage garbage. More than likely, your outdoor garbage needs are tended to by the condo association, but it’s equally important to keep indoor (i.e. kitchen) garbage contained in a tightly covered can. This will cut off any smells that may attract insects like fruit flied, gnats and, especially, ants.
5. Eliminate damp conditions. Indoors and out! Wet or rotting wood within a home’s structure can (and will) attract certain types of bugs. Be sure to replace any wood that has been compromised due to water. Additionally, any yard wood (such as mulch, birdhouses, etc) should be frequently updated, as well.