Spotting an unwanted pest in your home can ruin your day and cause unnecessary stress on your life. It might be, but at a minimum it means you will need to do some further inspection.
Based on what you find, it’s either time to call in an expert or for your to pest-proof your home.
Keep Pests Out of Your House
Your very best defense is keeping them out in the first place. Your target is to make it difficult for pests to find an entry point into your home. Check screens for holes, and fix if you discover any. Check around your doors and windows for gaps, and replace window stripping when required.
Here’s a great way to inspect your house for entry points you could not have noticed. At night, turn on all the lights in your home and inspect your home from the outside. Light shining through indicates where undesirables could potentially input. Any openings will need to be sealed with a sealant appropriate for the surface it’ll be applied to.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
A few innocent appearing crumbs here and there on your kitchen counter or floor is more like a feast to ants and other pests. Be cautious about kitchen clean up – wipe counters, sweep floors and remove the trash often and put away food immediately after ingestion.
Another location in the kitchen which may attract vermin is the recycling bin. Make sure that you wash out all food containers before placing in the recycling.
A drawer used for storing pots and pans is yet another spot that crumbs often gather – make sure this is kept clean.
Reduce moisture in and around the home
Pests thrive in places where moisture is present, so by reducing moisture around the home, you will be limiting the chance for them to invade the house. Some moisture cutting activities: clean out gutters, grade soil properly so that water goes away from the foundation, ventilate crawl spaces, and seal cracks in the foundation.
Pest-proof Storage Areas
Cluttered storage areas create attractive houses for mice, spiders, cockroaches and many others. Avoid using cardboard boxes – rather utilize durable plastic bags that can’t be chewed through.
Shop Your Firewood Properly
Termites and ants are drawn to wood piles and can easily make their way from the firewood to your dwelling. Firewood should be stored on racks over the ground and as far from the home or shed as you can.
Use Outdoor Lighting That Doesn’t Attract Insects
Did you know that the sort of outdoor lighting you use can reduce the beauty of your house to insects? It is true. Sodium vapor bulbs will lessen the attractiveness of your house to insects and in turn reduce the number of predators that feed on insects such as bats, spiders, and Bat Removal.
Sometimes by doing this alone homeowners may mistreat a problem and make it worse. When a problem seems to be getting worse, it’s time to call in a professional. Considering how important your home is for your family’s wellbeing and security, knowing you have an expert safeguarding your home is invaluable.
There are a lot of things that a homeowner can do to reduce vermin around the house. Whether you opt to do everything on your home or hire a professional pest control service, keep these tips in mind to keep your house safe.