Follow These Steps to Avoid a Pest Infestation in Your Home

By: Tim Mcintosh

There are a number of factors that can lead to a pest infestation in your home. Pests are persistent in their efforts to find food, water, and shelter which are often easily accessible inside of houses. In order to keep pests out, you need to consistently follow several steps that are outlined below. 

Seal up breaches around your home

In order for pests to get inside your home they need some type of access. The fact that many types of pests are small means that tiny breaches can be enough space to allow them inside. The most common places for breaches are around doors and windows. Look at the weather stripping and caulking around your exterior doors and windows for signs of damage or shrinkage. If you notice a problem, make repairs right away to minimize your risk of an infestation. 

Store outside trashcans away from the house

Outdoor trashcans – even when they have lids – often attract pests. There is not much you can do to prevent pests from being attracted to rotting trash. In order to minimize the risk of those pests getting into your house you can store the outside trashcans away from the house. 

Promptly remove trash from inside the house

Trash inside of your house is also attractive to pests. It is ideal to have lids on your trashcans to prevent attracting pests inside. Another important task to complete regularly is removing the trash from your house. An overflowing trashcan can easily attract pests like ants, roaches, rodents, and flies inside. Promptly remove trash from inside your house as soon at the bin is full to prevent attracting pests. 

Fix any water issues that arise

Many types of pests can be drawn into your home by water. A leak in the bathroom or standing water in the sink can attract pests like roaches and rodents. In order to prevent this issue, it is important for you to deal with any water issues that arise right away. 

Clean up food waste as soon as possible

Any type of food waste can attract pests inside your home. A sticky spill on the floor can bring ants marching in. Crumbs on the counter can be plenty to draw roaches into your kitchen. Leftovers on a plate in the sink can look like a full meal to rodents. The best way to protect against drawing pests inside with food waste is to clean it up as quickly as possible. 

Every home is at risk for developing a pest infestation. Following the steps outlined above will help you minimize your risk of an infestation but it will not eliminate it altogether. Because of this, you need to include regular pest control treatment in your prevention efforts.



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