Pest Prevention: 5 Ways to Stop the Problem Before it Starts

If you really want to prevent pests
from invading your home you have to stop the problem before it starts.
That’s right, prevention is the best medicine when it comes to winning
the battle against household rodents, insects,
and all those other creepy critters. With that in mind, the following 5
tips will help you prevent pests from entering your home.

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Fill-In the Cracks

All those cracks and crevices around your home’s windows, door
frames, siding, and brick exteriors are basically open doors for
insects. Likewise, gaps and holes in interior walls due to plumbing and
wiring are another wide-open entrance for critters.
In order to prevent these little breezeways from becoming insect
attractions, you must fill-in the gaps. For cracks and crevices, slowly
apply a line of block ensuring
the space is adequately filled. Larger openings in your home’s interior
walls may call for a plasterboard patch to properly seal the potential
pest entrance.

Screen-Out Unwanted Visitors

Almost all homes have openings that are just part of the structure’s
design and function. For instance, the openings in your roof eaves are
there to vent the roof cavity and the crawl space on the side of the
house acts as an access point for raised foundation homes.
Just because these openings are necessary doesn’t mean pests can use
them as they please. Cover your vents with steel porch screen to prevent
rodents from entering your roof cavity. Likewise, a piece of plywood or
framed screen is another great deterrent for critters trying to gain
access through openings on the side of your home.

Take Out the Trash

Putting food away everyday is a great way to keep cockroaches and
ants out of your kitchen, but that rubbish bin is pretty tempting. Even
if your kitchen rubbish bin has a lid, it’s best to not only take your
trash out every night, but also make sure your outdoor bin is well away
from the house.
The absence of food scraps will definitely keep those hungry kitchen
creatures away. But if kitchen pests do become a consistent problem,
it’s best to call a pest control professional to prevent any further infestation.

Cleanup the Clutter

Household clutter makes the perfect hiding and breeding place for
pests of all kinds. Make your house that much more pest-free by cleaning
up the clutter. Vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning your house on a
regular basis will also reduce the likelihood of pests setting up shop
in your home.

Groom the Family Pets

Cats and dogs are like city buses for outdoor pests looking for a
one-way ride into your home. Since it’s impossible to thoroughly wash
your pets everyday, brushing them when they enter the house will reduce the risk of any bugs that are along for the ride.
In addition, using monthly flea and tick treatments is another great
way to make sure your pets aren’t creating a pest problem. While you’re
at it, spray your yard with grass-safe flea and tick treatment to create
a bug-free barrier around your home.
By following the prevention tips above, you can stop your home from turning into a roach motel.

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