caulk around truss plate

Old 10-11-01, 07:53 AM
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I recently built my first house (moved in 7 months ago).
I have noticed a lot of spiders, crickets, and bugs in the basement (which is not finished) I pulled the insulation out around the perimeter of the basement walls (area between the 2x4 truss plate and the subfloor or ceiling of the basement (about 12"). Noticed that there are some gaps around the sill plate and the 2x12.

Would it be a good idea to caulk this area from the basement or run a bead of caulk around the siding edge from exterior.
Old 10-11-01, 02:55 PM
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Caulking to keep out insect pests

Most folks would probably tell you to do both. Any nook, cranny, crack or crevice where an insect or animal pest can enter your home should be caulked or filled with something to keep them out. Perimeter treatments of the exterior of your home along foundation about 3' up on walls and 3' out in yard with an insecticide is used by some folks. Others opt for a granular insecticide along the foundation to keep down the insect population.

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