The Skeleton Inside Your Home

We all like to think of our home, our castle as a solid impenetrable living space that keeps intruders such as pets out. The fact is that most homes are far from pest proof and have many different ways in which even the largest and clumsier bugs can make their way in. The trick as I see it is for an insect to simply get past the first layer of defense which we might like to think of as our homes ‘skin.’ This could be through a crack, unsealed gap, under the stucco or just through an open door or window. As a pest professional I take great care to treat this most susceptible area because once they get past this outer layer they can literally get just about anywhere in your home.

It’s hard to imagine this as you look at your solid drywall and the bricks of the fireplace but deep inside are voids and highways that lead from one room to the other. Insects and even rodents take advantage of the concealment and can move freely and find even the most impossible places to pop out which always catches us by surprise. This area is the “the skeleton of your home” and whether it is brick, block or wood frame doesn’t matter much and even your bug man is limited with standard treatments to really putting a stop to this vast highway that courses throughout.

Take a minute and watch this video as I show you this skeleton exposed and explain how pests utilize it to their advantage. I’ve also written several articles on pest proofing and more detail on just how unwanted critters find their way through the protective layers and into the heart of any home or structure. Please feel free to check them out with these links.

Stucco and siding offer a pest gateway into your home
I see the light: Pest proofing your home – Part 1
Air currents: Pest proofing your home – Part 2
How’d you get in here?

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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