Your home should be a sanctuary for you and your family. It should be a place where you can feel completely relaxed and comfortable. A pest problem could compromise that comfort. Unfortunately, pest infestations are a common problem to deal with for any homeowner. But it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading to discover five ways to pest-proof your home.
1- Keep Your House Clean
Making sure that your home is clean is important for keeping pests at bay. Most pests are attracted to crumbs and sticky spots that can be found in your kitchen, or the grease splattered across your stovetop and the decomposing food found in your garbage cans. Some pests also like to nest in any pile of clutter that they can find. Keeping your house free of clutter, crumbs and other messes will significantly lower your chances of having a pest infestation.
2- Eliminate Odors
Pests are attracted to smells. Some are attracted to the smell of decomposing food and others like the smell of anything sweet. There are several ways to detract pests with neutralizing odors. Certain scents, such as peppermint and tea tree oil, detract pests. Keep a spray bottle handy.
3- Store All Food Items
As most pests are in search of food, it is important to keep all food items properly stored. Keep all dry food items, including sugar, flour and rice, in airtight containers as pests can find their way into most packaging. Keep all pet food stored properly as well. Your pantry should neatly store all food products and cleaning items. Be sure that your pantry is also kept free of crumbs and sticky spills.
4- Seal Windows and Doors
As most pests will enter through small cracks or gaps, be on the lookout for any crack or gap that you can find. Make sure that all of your windows and doors are properly sealed. Any cracks or holes should be patched immediately. If the screens in your windows have rips or tears, have them repaired or replaced. Other noticeable signs of pests, such as areas that have been chewed by rodents, should be repaired immediately. If you find signs of pests, it is also suggested that you have your home treated for pest control.
5- Keep Your Yard Tidy
As certain pests, such as termites, are attracted to wood piles, it is suggested that you store wood as far away from the house as possible. Make sure that all bushes are kept trimmed. Avoid having branches touch the house, as that is another pathway for pests to enter your home. If your yard is prone to flooding or puddles, consider finding ways to irrigate the water to avoid attracting insects.
All of these tips can help you significantly decrease the chance of your home becoming infested with pests. But, if you find that you encounter a problem, don’t hesitate to call Valley Pest Solutions!