Who would want to sleep in a house full of creepy crawlers? Besides the fact that pests can destroy your property, their presence also lowers your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
A homeowner’s worst nightmare is to discover a pest infestation within their property. To prevent this from also happening to you, here are things you can do to keep a pest-free home.
1. Maintain cleanliness
Pests thrive in unclean areas where they can feast on crumbs or residue. Do the following things to maintain the cleanliness of your home daily.
- Declutter – Neglecting clutter inside and outside your home translates to you providing pests with a shelter of their own. Those piles of cardboard boxes, plastic bags, wood, and newspapers are ideal hiding places for them. As much as possible, remove clutter immediately or store them properly in a place away from your house.
- Perform regular landscape maintenance – Trim down bushes and trees on your property which can give pests access to your roof.
- Eliminate moist areas – Rodents and insects are easily attracted to water. Make sure you stay on top of roof, plumbing, or gutter leaks to keep these pests from finding their way to your home. Keep your house dry, because sometimes all a pest needs is water in order to survive.
- Dispose of waste correctly – Pests can also feast on your waste and leftovers. Ensure that all rubbish bins have been emptied regularly and have a tight lid. Store your bins away from the entrance to direct any pests away from your home.
- Store lumber, bricks, stones and firewood away – These materials, placed near your home, offers shelter for pests. If you don’t want that to happen, make sure you have a storage area for these things away from your property.
2. Store your food properly
Make sure that all your food is stored in safe, lockable containers to prevent pests from accessing them. Pests can enter cardboard boxes easily, so make sure that your opened food containers are either inside your refrigerator or a sealed box.
If you have pets, also make sure to store away their food, especially overnight. Wash their food and water bowls before you go to bed.
3. Seal all possible pest entry points
Pests will always find a way to enter your property. To avoid sending an open invitation for them, promptly treat any cracks, gaps, and crevices you find. Inspect the exterior of your home for any possible entrances big enough for a pest.
It’s important to examine areas in close proximity to wires or pipes that enter your home. Moreover, it’s vital that your property is regularly maintained. The sooner you prevent potential damage and the creation of pest entryways through maintenance work, such as calling the professionals to do antenna repairs, the less likely it is that pests will find a new doorway to your home.
4. Check everything that you bring home
Any item that enters your house may be used by pest as a free ride to get inside. From pets to groceries to luggage used on a trip, make sure that you inspect everything. Bathe your pets weekly, put groceries away immediately, and check your things after unpacking from your travels.
Any unclean item that you bring inside your home can actually trigger a pest infestation. Stay on the safe side by being vigilant about what you buy and bring inside your house.
5. Change your lights
It is natural for animals and insects to get attracted to light, and pesky pests are no exemption. To reduce the number of flying insects around your home, use halogen lights wherever you can. Any lighting fixture with an orange, pink and yellow colour will attract fewer bugs.
The porch area is commonly a popular place for flying pests to stay. Paint the ceiling in the same colour as the sky to fool pests and prevent them from building nests.
6. Perform seasonal pest inspections
It’s vital that you schedule a seasonal inspection with a pest control company to ensure that your house is free from vermin. These inspections will include indoor and perimeter checks of your home to find any gaps that allow any pests to enter. Eliminating pests is a tricky job that involves hazardous chemicals, so don’t attempt to do it yourself and let an expert handle it.
Don’t wait for a full-blown pest infestation; contact a pest control company before it’s too late. Prevention is less costly and much easier to employ than getting rid of a pest infestation. Consider following the tips above to keep your place clean and free from creepy crawlers.