An infestation of any kind is not fun, no matter what they pest may be, ants, spiders, bed bugs, wasps, mice etc. You just wish they would go back where they came from and stay out of your home. Did you know there are a number of things you can to around your home to help your home seem less “attractive” to the pests? One of the most important things you can do is be proactive. A few times a year a simple walk/inspection around your home can have a big impact on pest prevention.
- Wipe down kitchen counter tops daily, cleaning up crumbs and spills. If crumbs fall to the floor, sweep them up immediately
- Vacuum carpets and rugs at least twice a week
- Mop once a week or when needed, don’t forget to get inside the pantry
- Don’t let food/trash pile up. Take out the trash, tie the bag tightly and place in the outside garbage bin
- Don’t let any food sit out over night, store leftovers properly in air tight containers. *this tip applies to pet food as well*
- Check doors and windows for a secure seal
- Caulk cracks and check window screens for tears
- Keep your yard clutter free, free of leaf litter and free of unnecessary items. Many insects and critters will seek shelter in piles of clutter
- Store firewood as far away from your home as reasonably possible.
- Do not let water sit stagnant in the yard. Make sure flower pots drain properly, rain water isn’t collecting where it shouldn’t be (check gutters too), bird baths. Pets should get fresh water daily, food and water bowls should not be left out all night
- Remove all grass and weeds from around the foundation. Creating a gravel or stone barrier (about two feet) between the lawn and the foundation of the home will help reduce insects climbing onto your home. Material such as pea gravel can be helpful
- Foundations vents should have proper screens free of holes and tears
Following prevention tips like this can possibly save you headache and money in the future. Making your home less attractive to the pest can reduce their numbers if you are seeing them around your home.
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