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Best ways to prevent pest infestation at your home.

Updated: Apr 5, 2023

Have insects, rodents, or other pests ever invaded your home? Be on the strike to stop pest issues before they arise rather than waiting to respond defensively after a pest has invaded your home. In addition to causing damage to your home, pests like cockroaches, spiders, ants, and termites also spread disease. Although it is nearly difficult to completely rid your home of all pests and creepy-crawlies, there are many things you can do to make it less inviting and prevent an infestation. Calling a pest control service is the best approach to get rid of these pests. But, try out these pest control techniques and tactics to fend off pests and keep your home clean and free of disease before you go ahead and schedule pest control services.

1. Properly dispose of trash and litter

Pests perceive your trash bin as an open-air buffet, so go out of your way to eliminate trash from within your home every day. To lessen the likelihood of pests entering your home if you have a weekly trash service, keep the large trash can outside or in the garage. Consider switching to trash cans with lids if you currently have open trash cans inside your house. Wash out food containers in the sink before discarding them if trash seems to be your main source of pest issues. The milk leftover is what the pests are after, not the milk jug. Make sure that all of your trash bins have secured lids, and disinfect the bins and the area where they are placed frequently to get rid of any spills and debris that pests might eat. Also, keep leaf litter, plant clippings, and standing water away from gardens, patios, balconies, and garages since they can all serve as ideal habitats for pests to grow themselves.

2. Store food in secure containers

Pests do, in fact, possess superpowers for locating food sources, despite appearances to the contrary. Ants, for instance, may detect that leftover apple pie on the counter from quite a distance since they have nearly five times as many smell sensors as other insects, according to Terminix. Because of this, using smell-blocking, well sealed containers for your food will help keep pests out of your house. Many pests, including rats, have keen senses of smell. And chances are they will focus on an open food container if it is there in your home. If the original packaging cannot be completely sealed, always store pantry items, such as cereal and crackers, in reusable containers or resealable bags. Moreover, make it a point to regularly purge your pantry of expired food and other products you won't be consuming. By doing this, the draw for any "pantry pests" will be reduced.

3. Deep clean the home

This is the ideal time to schedule a deep clean if you're thinking about preventing pests. Your home will be less appealing to pests if it is cleaner. You are more likely to get rid of the source of something that can encourage pests to enter the house if you wipe, clean or hoover every corner of the house. Deep cleaning the house will allow you to find and get rid of any pest breeding grounds in addition to clearing up crumbs. For instance, little flies flourish (and grow) in ignored drains, but you may stop this by applying drain cleaner. Also, if you consistently perform the cleaning chores, you are more likely to notice any insect entrances before they become an issue.

4. Patch exterior holes

Infestations by pests can only happen when pests have a way of getting into the home in the first place. There are some potential entryways for pests that are obvious to modify, such as modifying your windows with screens and closing your exterior doors. Regularly inspect your home's interior and exterior so that you can spot any cracks or holes that might indicate a pest infestation, in order to be proactive with pest control. Check the foundation, the loose siding, the roof and the utility lines closely to see if they are in good condition. As soon as you discover any openings, you need to patch or fill them as soon as possible. Besides keeping pests out of your home, this will also keep your openings from getting worse in the future.

5. Reexamine your landscaping

Even though pests are more noticeable inside the home, having them around the outside is also undesirable. Take a walk around your garden, keeping an eye out for anything that might be welcoming pests to settle in: woodpiles should be kept away from your exterior walls, gutters should be cleaned out on a regular basis, lawn should be trimmed and so on. Pests can cause significant damage to your home even from the outside, so keep an eye out for any changes in the base, siding, or roofing that could be caused by a pest. Retrim any shrubs or tree branches that contact your home. This aids in removing "bridges" that pests can use to quickly access your home and gain entry. Similarly, mulch in plant beds can serve as the perfect haven for pests. So use less pest-attractive ground cover, such rocks, in locations that touch your foundation rather than mulch. Fill in any holes or pits where water may collect if you have a lawn or garden. Regularly clean any ponds or water features fountain you may have in your garden. Also, trim the plants frequently to prevent wild, bushy growths. Maintain your garden, keep it tidy, and keep out pesky pests like ants, rats, and mosquitoes.

Pests have earned their reputation since they pose more threat to your family's health than just being unwelcome guests. Hence, preventing pests before they even appear is the best thing you can do. The next best thing is to deal with insect infestations right away to prevent significant health problems or even structural damage to your property. Most of domestic pest infestations can be best managed by hiring professional pest controllers. Dial +60361504188 to reach us.

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