Having a pest-free home is essential to your health and the integrity of your living space. While it can be difficult to keep every insect out of your house, there are simple ways to prevent an infestation. Here are ten tips for a pest-free home.
Regular Cleaning and Maintenance
Regularly cleaning your home is the best way to keep pests away. Pests will often enter your home in search of food, so regular cleaning will help eliminate crumbs and debris that can accumulate on floors and in cabinets. Regular cleaning also helps to prevent insects from nesting or making webs.
If your garden is overgrown, it may invite more pests to your yard and make it easier for them to get into your home. Trim back overgrown weeds and shrubs regularly to make it harder for pests to come in. Mulch can also attract pests, so consider using other landscaping options like grass or rocks.
Rinse Your Recyclables
Recycled bottles and cans still retain a small amount of liquid at the bottom, which can attract insects. Sugary drinks are especially attractive to ants. When recycling household items, rinse them in the sink before disposing of them to get rid of excess liquid.
Proper Trash Disposal
Trash and food scraps attract all kinds of pests. Make sure you are disposing of your household trash regularly to cut down on pests. For outside trash cans, keep them away from your doors and windows so that insects do not have easy access. Rinse out your trash and recycling bins regularly to clean any debris or leftover food scraps.
The most common pests found in homes tend to be pantry pests. These are small, harmless insects that are attracted to dry food items like flour, cereal and pet food. Common pantry pests can include ants, beetles and cockroaches. To prevent a pantry pest infestation, keep dry goods in sealed containers or storage bags.
Seal Pest Entryways
Pests can enter your home in a variety of ways, including through small cracks or holes. Ensure that your doorways, crawl spaces, electrical outlets and window frames are sealed and free of gaps. Use caulk or silicone to seal any cracks and prevent more pests from getting in.
A clogged drain can be a breeding ground for pests. Excess food waste and moisture will attract cockroaches, fruit flies and ants. Run your garbage disposal whenever you clean dishes to keep your drain unclogged. Dispose of excess food in the trash to prevent a clogged drain.
Keep Moisture Out
Many insects thrive in moist, wet environments. Excess moisture in your home or standing water in your yard can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects.
Consider investing in a dehumidifier for damp areas like basements. If you have a pond or creek nearby, think about planting water plants like lilies or introducing dragonflies to your yard as a natural mosquito repellent.
If you have a pest problem but don’t see the need for an exterminator yet, there are some household remedies available for natural pest control. White vinegar works well as a natural cleaner and bug repellent. Use it to clean shelves, cabinets and anywhere pests may hide. You can also use vinegar and baking soda to unclog drains and trap flies.
Call a Pest Control Expert - A- Academy
When all else fails, it is always best to contact a pest control expert to handle an infestation. At A-Academy Termite and Pest Control, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality customer service. We are confident that we can help you keep your home pest-free. Contact us today for an inspection or visit our website for a full list of services.