Every home has some pests in it. If you experience ants in the kitchen, mice in the attic, silverfish in the bathroom or those big ugly crickets in the basement, you are certainly not alone. Pests are small and can slip through cracks and crevices making their way inside of your home fairly easily. Why is it that some homes have way more pests than others? Some homeowners know the secrets to keeping pests out!
We compiled the following list of secrets that some homeowners use to keep their home free from pests. A pest-free home is a healthy home and you can achieve it after knowing these secrets to pest prevention and what is attracting those pests into your home to begin with:
- Moisture. If you missed our last blog, The Secret to Why Pests Love Your Home, then you will want to go back and read it to understand that pests need moisture to survive. It certainly makes that Honey Do list look a little more urgent! Leaky pipes inside and out, clogged gutters, gutters that drain at the foundation, a leaky roof, moisture around your foundation and a damp basement are all moisture and water problems around the home that will attract pests inside. Homeowners must promptly address water issues around the home to prevent pests.
- Vacuum Regularly. Yes, we know, it’s not anyone’s favorite chore! But those crumbs that your children are leaving around the table, the cobwebs in the corners, the food particles that fall behind the stove are all things that build up around the home creating a perfect storm for a pest invasion. Vacuum regularly. Doing so will reduce pest populations by eliminating spider eggs and food sources that attract pests into your home.
- Seal off cracks and crevices around the exterior of your home. Pests are small and can fit through the cracks and crevices near windows and door jams, at the foundation, near the roof and soffits, and certainly in the basement! So, grab that caulk gun and inspect your house. Caulk any opening into your home that pests may use to enter.
- Keep the landscaping around the exterior of your home well-manicured. Ground cover, overgrown tree branches and shrubs, greenery that touches the exterior of your home and heavy mulch near the foundation are all excellent harborage areas for pests. Pests that live directly outside of your home will look to enter your home through tiny cracks and crevices.
- Monitor for pests. One of the best secrets to pest prevention is monitoring what is getting into your home and taking quick action to control it. Strategically placed glue boards, glue trays and traps are some of the most important tools used by pest professionals to control pest populations in their client’s homes and is perhaps the most important pest prevention secret of all.
Put these secrets to pest prevention to work for you in your home or apartment. Taking proactive pest prevention steps helps to ensure you have a healthy and pest-free home. And don’t worry, these “secrets” are safe to share with your friends and family.