We live in a world full of critters and creepy-crawlies, but that doesn’t mean we have to invite them into our homes. Luckily, the prevention tips below will help you keep those unwanted pests at bay, so you can live comfortably in your home.
Most critters make their homes in conditions that suit their needs best. This means if they consider your home ideal for one reason or another, they will take up residence. Of course, some areas are more prone to certain pests than others, but in most cases, there are preventive measures you can take to deter unwanted house pests from calling your home theirs. Below we discuss the most common house pests and what you can do to prevent their inhabitation in your home.
Rats, Mice, And Other Rodents
How To Prevent Rodent Infestation: Certain situations play a role in attracting rodents into your home. From unkempt gardens, open trash bins, pet food, and easy-to-access sewers, all are open invitations to mice and rats. The reality is, however, these critters will seek shelter anywhere they can gain entry. Squirrels, on the other hand, are attracted to bird feeders. Once inside your home, they are very difficult to get rid of. Squirrels usually gain entry through an open window or door, or they will find a hole or some other opening to squeeze through. To deter rodents from getting inside your home, conduct a thorough inspection of the property. Fix any broken windows and secure any opening that may grant access. If you like to leave windows and doors open, cover them with heavy-duty screens. Consider getting a dog or cat, which can help deter pests as well, but be aware that your pet can spread disease or get sick if bitten.
Insect infestations are tricky to get rid of, so prevention is key. Roaches reproduce at an alarming rate and they carry with them some pretty nasty bacteria. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, reproduce just as fast, and the viruses and diseases they carry and transmit are downright scary. An ant infestation, while not overly dangerous, can be very annoying since these little buggers spoil any food they come in contact with.
How To Prevent Insect Infestations: Food is the leading attractant for most insects. Spills, crumbs, and uncovered food will attract them like nothing else. Keep food wrapped, closed, and stored properly to lessen the chance that insects will find it. Cockroaches love dark, damp, cluttered spaces, so be sure to keep your home clean and clutter-free. If you notice ants crawling along baseboards or countertops, wash the area with hot, soapy water to clean away their trail.
House pests can be a dangerous nuisance. While some areas are more prone to certain types of critters than others, there are things you can do to deter these pests from taking up residence in your home. Follow the tips above to prevent your home from becoming a rodent or insect’s new pad.