They’re the smallest of creatures but perhaps the biggest of nuisances. They sneak into every tiny crevice of your home and make themselves comfortable, just a needy relative but even worse – they don’t provide anything for you in return. We’re speaking… of bugs. It’s not our favourite topic here at Taylor Fencing, but it’s an incredibly important one for us to cover on our blog. Our blog is one of our greatest prides on this site, because it’s where we can promote what got us into our careers – a continued desire to keep your home safe and comfortable.
Why go into fences? You may wonder. On our team, we each have our own personal reasons, but as a united front, it’s really about keeping what matters to you secure so that you can focus on what’s really important – making memories with your family.
Back to the blog. What better way to showcase the latest and greatest news in the industry, than right here where it’s accessible to you. It doesn’t stop with fences, because we know they’re a piece of the puzzle when it comes to your dream home. Your dream home can take any shape or form that makes you happy, but it should definitely involve a fence from Taylor Fencing.
People forget about fences and gates until it’s too late. Not only do they clearly mark your property, but they can be a wonderful addition aesthetically. It just depends on who you’re working with. We have the utmost respect for everyone in the industry – we wouldn’t be where we are without the push of competition, but you should choose Taylor Fencing for a few different reasons. Firstly, we will always put you first. You, as the customer, are our greatest asset and we’ll never stop being grateful for your partnership. Secondly, we have the experience and the know-how. Name a situation or a type of property, we can guarantee that we’ve worked with something similar and know the best ways to circumvent your challenge. Finally, we love doing it! And that’s why we have no problem being so enthusiastic today on the blog about… bugs.
You don’t want them on your property and the logic is extensive. A lot of it has to do with your foundation. Termites will eat away at your foundation, which is expensive to maintain or even replace. True to its name, your home’s foundation holds everything else in place, so when it crumbles, there’s a domino effect on the rest of your home.
Moving up to the rafters, there’s a reason that there are so many movie scenes where mice and rats are a sign of impending doom for your attic. This is where they like to live. Just like termites, they’ll chew away at your roof and at the beams that hold it up.
So basically, bugs and rodents can be solely responsible for your home collapsing.
That’s a little bit dramatic, but not far from the truth. Luckily, we have the tips and tricks to keep bugs (and rodents!) out for good.
We’d be remiss if the first reason that we shared wasn’t… get a Taylor Fencing fence! It’s your first line of defense and we have every style imaginable. Many envision gates and fences as always having a permeable gap at the bottom, but that’s not the case here. Rather, we don’t believe just in off-the-shelf solutions. Each of our customers is unique and your fence should be as well. We have everything from wrought iron to COLORBOND and every piece and process have been thought through with a keen eye.
With or without a fence, the better your guard is up the better, so we recommend that you create as many barriers as possible. This doesn’t mean that you need guards at the gate, you can use products of which there are aplenty. Walk around your property and take stock of doors, windows, and any baseboards that you can see. Then spray an insect killer, which can keep pests out for up to a year. The same goes for inside, consider your chosen spray like a bookend for windows, doors and baseboards. Look for additional non-porous surfaces as well.
When on said-walk, do a hard stop whenever you see any cracks or openings. It’s better to air on the side of being “too” careful here. Should you see any holes or cracks, we recommend that you first, caulk or repair them. After that, think about adding weather stripping. Bonus? It will keep you warm during cold weather as well!
Don’t shirk on your weekly chores, especially when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms. Both have sources of water, which are used frequently. Bugs love moisture and water, and they really love mold. Most of all? They salivate over leftover food. So, when the meal is done, make sure that dishes are done right away. Ants specifically will hurry after sweet treats, while certain types of beetles have a broader palate. If you’re feeling especially worried about leaving food out or in a pantry, think about options that you can freeze for leftovers.
Don’t feel too badly about this, but if you see a bug, you should either move it outside or dispose of it immediately. Believe us, you’re doing everyone a favour. In this day and age, there are dozens of child-safe and home material-safe options, so you don’t have to worry about anyone getting sick or hurt.
Finally, we’re headed back outside. Bugs love wood, so if you have a firepit where wood is stacked, it could be a key place for them to set up shop. This also means that if the wood is headed inside with you, it’s the perfect carrier for bugs to enter your home. As mentioned above, bugs love water. Mosquitoes will make home in areas of standing water, so keep an eye on those regularly.
Questions? Comments? Let us know. The Taylor Fencing team looks forward to hearing from you soon.