Based on a survey by QMobius, around 84 percent of homeowners have experienced some pest problem in their homes within the past years.
Pest usually appears during early spring, summer months, and when there is a recent heavy rain. Old houses tend to suffer the most from pest infestations.
If you are one of these homeowners who have experienced pest problems in the past and want to keep your home pest-free in the future, this article is just for you.
Read on to learn more about how you can keep pests out of your house as much as possible.
1. Cut Their Food Supply
The number one reason pests tend to enter your home is because they have easy access to food inside your home. Flour moths, ants, rodents, and cockroaches are all attracted by food debris.
Thus, the best solution for this one is to cut off their food supply. That way, they do not have any reason to go into your place.
Well, of course, you need to keep food in your home. But you have to make sure not to leave food out on the counter. Keep your kitchen surfaces clean by wiping down any spilled food and properly dispose of any scraps and other biodegradable debris to prevent unwanted visitors.
2. Keep Your Doors and Windows Closed
Another way to keep potential pests out of your house is to keep your windows and doors closed, especially when no one is around. Otherwise, it can be so easy for these unwanted visitors to creep in inside your house and start causing havoc.
You might think you have closed your door all the way, but it is actually open a little. Even a tiny opening could invite pests into your house.
Do not forget as well to check your windows for any cracks. The same thing goes for your window screens. Make sure there is no opening where pests could easily wiggle through and enter your home.
3. Clean Your House
Although it does not necessarily mean that when your house is dirty, it will automatically be filled with pests, dirt and debris could be one of the factors that invite them more to your home.
Aside from refraining from leaving crumbs and food lying around the house, make sure to clean up all the clutter around your place. Otherwise, pests can easily hide and live in the clutter inside your home.
If you fail to detect them immediately, they could start infestations that are more difficult to deal with.
4. Find Them
Do a regular inspection of your entire house to check and make sure no pests are lurking around. You can do this on a weekly or monthly basis.
It may seem that an infestation only happens overnight, but when you think about it, it gradually happens, and we just failed to heed the warning signs of an impending problem. You should note that most pests will “scout” a house first before actually starting infesting it. They have to make sure that it is ideal for them.
One good example is ants. When they figure out that your property has a lot of food or offers good conditions, they’ll start forming a colony in no time.
5. Check Your Pets
While you are busy keeping your house and surrounding areas pest-free, you might overlook the importance of checking your pets as well for any bugs, ticks, or fleas. These tiny parasites could easily latch onto your pets and to you, causing you skin irritation.
For instance, flea bits could cause horrible itch and can cause eczema.
To prevent this from happening, make sure you take your pets to the vet for a regular flea treatment. Bathe your pets regularly and make sure to keep their sleeping bedding and favorite hangout areas clean.
6. Keep Your Lawn Pest-free
Making sure your lawn is clutter and mess-free is important. While keeping your indoor space clean is essential to make sure your home is pest-free, your lawn also needs a thorough cleaning. Thus, schedule weeding and grass cutting regularly.
Many bugs, rodents, ticks, and ants could easily hide from an unkempt lawn and make their way into your home.
7. Call the Experts
Lastly, be sure to hire the help of an expert for pest control, like an ant control service. Do not wait when it is already too late before you call a professional to keep your home pest-free.
Remember, prevention is always better than cure. Plus, it is more cost-efficient if you address any pest problem right away rather than wait until it gets out of hand.
Hopefully, this article helps you keep your home pest-free all year long.
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