No Dayton homeowner wants bugs in their home. One of the most common places for them to slip between the cracks is in your windows. As temperatures drop, insects seek a warm place to take shelter. Unfortunately, your home may look very inviting.
Choosing the Right Sealant
Caulk is the sealant of choice. It is inexpensive, works on a variety of materials and makes a seal bugs cannot penetrate. It only works for a certain size crack or gap, so be sure to read the instructions on the tube before application. Choose a moisture-resistant caulk for year-round protection. Polyurethane is recommended, but silicone is cheaper and also widely used.
Seal Your Windows
The first step is to seal your Dayton windows. Clean off the dirt and grime from your windows, especially on the frame so you can see where there may be problem areas. Remove any peeling caulk to make room for new caulk. Note any holes or cracks that need filling.
Read the directions on the tube before application and prepare the surface per the instructions. Use a caulk gun to start and stop the flow, allowing accuracy during the application. Once you apply the caulk, use a spoon or a tool to smooth it out over the site. Allow it to dry for at least a day. Apply caulk on a sunny day with no humidity or moisture in the air for the best drying results.
Check Behind Appliances
Another problem area is any cracks or holes in the wall. Appliances sometimes have vents or holes where wires come from the wall to connect to a power or fuel source. Check for these holes and apply caulk to keep the bugs from coming through these easy entry spots.
If it is a larger hole, consider picking up some steel wool to put inside the opening. Buy the thick steel wool to deter the bugs from chewing through the fibers and use a butter knife to push it in the hole. Apply a layer of gauze over the steel wool and then apply a layer of caulk over the gauze, creating a strong barrier to block even the most stubborn insect.
Check Electrical Outlets and Light Switches
Similar to appliances, electrical outlets and light switches have holes around the edges. Check under the outlet and switch covers for entry points. Ohio hardware stores sell insulation to keep the heat and cold from sneaking in through these cracks. Consider upgrading your outlets and switches with insulation and adding extra caulk around the edges to create an impenetrable barrier.
Sources of Water
Insects search for a source of water once inside your home. Check under the kitchen or bathroom sink for cracks or holes around the plumbing and apply a layer of caulk. A dripping faucet is an invitation for bugs to get a drink, so fix any leaky water sources as soon as possible. Apply pipe insulation to any condensing pipes to remove the water drops from the pipe surface. By cleaning up sources of hydration, you will remove the open invitation to any creepy visitors.