1. Many maintenance issues will be determined by geography. Like and environmental detective, be on the lookout for signs of insects, wildlife and winged pests. 2. remove stumps and fallen trees within 50 feet of your home, since the can harbor wood-boring insects and a variety of pests. 3. If you live in a heavily wooded lot or an area prone to wildfires, extend the clearing around your home to 100 fee. 4. Trim back all tree branches that can be a bridge to your home for gnawing pests (like squirrels) and nesting insects. 5. Remove large trees that may cause damage to the home if felled by strong winds, snowfall or lightening. 6. When you’re planting landscaping, keep shrubbery a minimum of 3 to 5 feet from the walls of your home. The goal is to enable air to circulate freely around the home to help keep the logs dry. This content was provided by Perma-Chink Systems, Inc.