Most homes were not built with animal and insect exclusion in mind. Sealing gaps is particularly important as part of a green pest control plan, as reduced reliance on pesticides and rodenticides can be achieved through structural exclusion.
Landmark conducts roof to basement inspections to identify the areas where pests infiltrate. Our insect specialists use methods that reduce reliance on pesticides and our construction specialists seal gaps and close entry points to keep insects and wildlife out.
While sealing homes can help keep animals and insects out, it’s also an important step in increasing energy efficiency. Intentional ventilation is important to the health of homes, but accidental air escape should be eliminated. Air conditioned or heated air that escapes from inside due to inadequate attic insulation or the lack of caulking and weather stripping not only wastes money on heating and cooling bills, but having HVAC units run more than needed also shortens the useful life of these mechanical systems.
Stinging Insect Prevention
The best way to keep stinging insects such as bees, wasps, and hornets from harming your family and pets is to prevent them from building their homes near your home. Landmark’s green methods prevent stinging insects from building their nests where you don’t want them.
Learn how Landmark prevents stinging insect nests.
Mice enter homes through gaps around the foundation, and they can also climb to access higher entry points. Improperly flashed areas around the roof and soffit allow entry by mice and other pests.
Learn how Landmark seals mice out.
Bat colonies can enter through gaps around chimneys and masonry, peak vents, dormers, and damaged eaves. Whenever a bat is found inside the home, a thorough inspection should take place to look for gaps or evidence of a bat colony.
Learn how Landmark seals bats out.
Birds build nests in stove and dryer vents, and improperly flashed areas around the roof and soffit. Birds that nest and roost on buildings can spread diseases and contaminate areas with guano. Their corrosive guano can decease the useful life of concrete and steel structures leading to metal fatigue and failure.
Learn how Landmark seals birds out.
Wildlife Damage Control in Illinois
Raccoons enter through attic fans, and squirrels enter attics through unprotected vents. Skunks dig under decks, and chipmunks burrow beneath sidewalks and foundations.
Learn how Landmark seals wildlife out.
Soiled Attic Insulation Replacement
Insulation that has been damaged by animal activity is less energy efficient, retains off-putting animal odors, and may contain many different types of bacteria, parasites, and fungus including histoplasmosis and raccoon roundworm. Landmark’s technicians remove contaminated insulation, neutralize the odors animals leave behind, and treat your attic for fleas, ticks, and mites.
Heating & cooling account for 50-70% of energy used in an average home and inadequate insulation and air leakage are the leading causes of energy waste. Landmark’s energy efficient cellulose and fiberglass insulation are an effective way to increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save money by keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Learn how Landmark’s insulation replacement can protect your home and save you money.