Household pests such as cockroaches, mice, ants, and flies come into our homes for two reasons: warmth and food. Any home offering easy access to these amenities is a prime location for these pests. Every year, people just like yourself find a pest problem that costs them emotionally and financially. A proactive mindset is all that one needs to maintain a pest-free home. The seven solutions below provide a good starting point for anyone who wants to keep pests away.
Tip 1: Keep the House Clean
Pests come inside of the home when food is easily accessible and when ample hiding spots give them room to get comfortable. A clean home is the enemy of a pest. While maintaining a spotless home isn’t necessary, it is imperative that you keep the floors swept, mopped, and vacuumed; that the trash is promptly removed from the house; and that countertops and other areas are wiped down after use. Don’t allow clutter to pile up in your home, either.
Tip 2: Inspect the Home
Bugs and rodents need only a small crevice in which to gain entry to your home. Inspect your home to ensure that its free of cracks, holes, and other crevices, particularly around doors and windows where many pests make their way inside. A little caulk goes a long way to repair these problems and keep pests out of your home.
Tip 3: Prevention Control Products
Numerous pest prevention products are available to use around the home. Designed to keep various types of pests away from the home, the products are usually easy-to-install and while they vary in price, almost always cheaper than the costs to treat an infestation later down the line. Talk to a professional to learn more about the prevention options.
Tip 4: Clean the Carpets
Carpet cleaning and pest control go hand-in-hand. Many people don’t realize that dirty carpets also attract pests inside the home. All of the dirt, liquid spills, debris, etc. that make its way inside the home get trapped inside the carpet fibers, where odors begin to form and pests pick up the scents. Call a professional carpet cleaning company to clean the carpets and prevent an infestation caused by dirty carpets.
Tip 5: Think Outside the Home
Termites are one of the biggest outdoor threats that a homeowner has. This tiny, winges pest is capable of major damage that it causes very quickly after infestation. Keep wood sources away from the home to reduce the risk of termites. Apart from termites, other pests and even wildlife (think skunks and raccoons) may also choose your home over others if there is clutter and debris on the outside.
Tip 6: Drain Issues
Plumbing is dirty and it’s messy. It’s something that most of us do not give a lot of thought to until there is a problem. Many people do not realize that their plumbing issues not only affect fixtures like the toilet and the sink but also raise the risks of a pest infestation. Repair drain issues immediately, especially clogs, since this indicates that junk and debris have built up inside the recipes.
Tip 7: Give it a Home
Far too many of us live inside cluttered homes simply because we hate the idea of pairing with things. But, if you cannot find a permanent home for an item, it’s probably time to part ways and give it life somewhere that it’s more useful. If you don’t give every item in your house it’s own storage space/home, your home quickly becomes a cluttered mess that may very well signal pests inside.
Keep Pests Out of Your Home
Your home is your haven; the place where you hang your heart and create special memories with your family and friends. But, it’s also a comfortable spot for pests who’d otherwise be outside in the heat and cold. Keep your home pest-free and enjoyable year-round by using the preventive measures above. No matter who you are or the neighborhood you reside in, these tips make preventing pests so much easier than you imagined possible.