Pests are a problem for just about every home. Whether it’s an ant infestation in your kitchen or termites hiding in the walls, it can be difficult to get rid of them, but not impossible. In fact, there are many ways you can prevent these situations from occurring in the first place. Check out these tips on keeping your home bug-free!
Put Away the Food
We all love a midnight snack, pests included. If you leave food out and unprotected, it will certainly attract bugs and encourage them to keep coming back. Seal and put all food away once you’re done eating and make sure you’ve cleaned up any bits and crumbs that may have fallen. It’s also a good idea to throw out the trash and clean the dishes before bed.
Water, Water Everywhere…
In addition to being on the hunt for food, pests are also on the lookout for sources of water. A leaky faucet or a pet’s water dish is therefore quite appealing to them. Make sure you fix any leaks as soon as possible and always put away and clean water dishes. Sorry, bugs – you’ll need to look elsewhere for a drink!
Seal the Entrances
Bugs will come crawling through even the smallest of spaces to get inside your home. Be sure to seal any holes or cracks in your house and completely close any doors or windows when not in use. Having screens for your doors and windows is another helpful solution, allowing you to keep them open while keeping the bugs out.
Keep it Clean!
If you keep trash and debris near your house, you might find that you’re attracting some unwanted neighbors. Bugs, rats and other pests love to hide and even live in piles of trash, leaves or firewood. Either keep these piles far from your house, or be sure to take care of them as soon as possible.
Call a Professional
Don’t let things get out of hand. If you suspect that you may already have a pest infestation, call a pest control professional right away. Professionals will be able to inspect the problem and let you know what the best plan of action is.