Is it time to call in a professional at the sight of a spider or cockroach? It might be, but at a minimum it means that you need to do some additional inspection.
Depending on what you find, it is time to call in an expert or to your to pest-proof your own home.
Keep Pests Out of Your Home
Your very best defense is keeping them out in the first place. Your goal is to make it difficult for pests to find an entry point in your home. Check screens for holes, and fix them if you discover any.
Here is a great way to inspect your home for entry points that you may not have discovered. At night, turn on all of the lights in your home and inspect your house from the outside. Light shining through signals where undesirables could potentially gain entry. Any openings will have to be sealed with a sealant suitable for the surface it will be applied to.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Be cautious about kitchen clean up – wipe counters, sweep floors and remove the trash regularly and put food away quickly after eating.
Another place in the kitchen that can attract vermin is your recycling bin. Make certain to wash all food out containers before placing in the recycling.
A drawer used for storing pots and pans is just one more place that crumbs often gather – make sure this is kept clean. A little additional focus on cleaning in the kitchen goes a long way towards prevention.
Reduce moisture in and around the home
Pests thrive in areas where moisture is present, so by decreasing moisture around the house, you will be limiting the chance for them to invade your home. Some moisture cutting activities: clean out gutters, soil properly so that water goes away from the base, ventilate crawl spaces, and seal cracks in the base.
Pest-proof Storage Areas
Cluttered storage areas make attractive houses for mice, spiders, cockroaches and many others. You’re able to keep them away by regularly cleaning and reorganizing your cellar, garage and other storage locations. Avoid using cardboard boxes – instead use durable plastic bags that cannot be chewed through.
Store Your Firewood Properly
Termites and ants are drawn to wood piles and can readily make their way from the firewood to your home. Firewood should be stored on racks over the ground and as far from your house or shed as you can.
Use Outdoor Lighting That Does Not Attract Insects
Did you know that the sort of outside lighting you use can reduce the attractiveness of your house to insects? It’s true. Sodium vapor bulbs will lessen the attraction to your house to insects and in turn reduce the number of predators which feed on insects such as bats and spiders.
Know When To Bring In A Pest Control Professional
Sometimes by doing this alone homeowners may mistreat a problem and make it worse. When a problem seems to be getting worse, it is time to call in a specialist
Considering how important your home is for your own family’s well being and safety, knowing you have an expert safeguarding your home is invaluable.
There are lots of things a homeowner can do to stop vermin around the home. Whether you choose to do it all on your own to keep your house safe.