Ways to Keep your Home Pest-Free 

How can you solve your pest problems in a safe manner? There are many options that you could use to control specific pests. Here are some ways on how to properly control pest infestation.

Pest-Free

Plants

Tree branches or shrubbery that touches your house must be eliminated to cut the “bridges” of pests into your home. Wood chips, as well as pine straws, are an ideal shelter for pests. Rock or stone can be used instead other pest attracting ground covers.

Windows and Doors 

Tiny cracks and gaps provide entrance to pests, inspect and repair any broken window. Holes and rips should be repaired.

Gaps and Cracks

The entire exterior of your home should be examined for cracks, crevices, and gaps which can be used by pests to enter your home. The foundation must be checked for cracks, loose siding, gaps, and missing roof shingles. Any openings should be sealed using copper mesh, sheet metal, or coarse steel wall. Expanding caulk is not advisable because many pests can munch through it.

Interior Gaps

Some cracks may only be visible only if you are inside your home, you must check in, behind and under the furniture, refrigerators, kitchen, stoves, and between the wall and floor juncture. Piper must also be examined for leaks that may attract pests and can serve as an area for them to propagate. Gaps and cracks should be immediately sealed especially those that are bigger than your hand.

Trash and Litter

Yards, patios, decks, and garages should be litter free and no stagnant water. Trash cans should be ensured that it has tight-fitting lids and the cans are clean. The area should be clean always to ensure that pests will not thrive.

Lights

Replace mercury vapor lights with high-pressure sodium vapor or halogen lights to reduce flying insects. Yellow or orange tinted bulbs will be not attractive to the flying insects during nighttime. It is better to place the light bulb far with the use of pole lights but making sure that the light is shining towards the door for the safety of people living in the house.

Drains

Gunk and debris that accumulates in the sink can attract pests and may provide an ideal breeding ground because it has water and food in it. Inspect and clean all sink, basement, tub and laundry room as much as possible.

Recyclables

Recyclable materials should be put outside your home. Recycling and trash containers should also be free of rodents and must be cleaned frequently.

Stored Food

Leftover food should be disposed properly or put it in a plastic container to prevent the food from attracting pantry pests that may dwell in the kitchen. To help the attractants down, older foods must be used first and stale or uneaten food should be properly cleaned.

Cleanliness 

This is the most effective and less expensive way of preventing pest infestation. A clean home is less attractive to pests. If you think that your home is infested with pests or you want to protect your home and become pest free, check us out.

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