Keep the Critters Away: 5 Best Pest Control Tips for Homeowners

The best way to keep pests out of your home is to take preventative measures that will ensure they do. These simple things you can start doing right away without help from an expert, though, if you continue to experience problems, you may need to call one later. Homes across the world experience these problems, but, luckily, prevention is in your control know. These tips will put you on the right path to living in a pest-free home.

1. Trim your bushes

Bushes and tree branches act as bridges to the household for pests, whether it be bugs, insects, or even mice. Eliminate this potential problem before it becomes one by keeping your shrubbery trimmed year-round. Though it will not necessarily be a problem if you live in a seasonal climate, living in a generally warmer environment proves prone to this problem. Be mindful of how pests interact with your environment. Awareness is power with pest-control.

2. Seal your doors and windows

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “slipping through the cracks?” Much like this, pests will crawl through the cracks in your doors and windows. If they are not sized properly to your home’s framework, the likeliness if a bug, insect, or mice infestation is all the more likely. Prevent this problem by making sure your doors and windows fit supremely well in your house. If you are starting to build a home, be sure to keep this factor in mind with your contractor, especially if you are moving into an environment where the possibility of an infestation is more likely.

3. Clean up your trash

Trash, dirt, and litter are treats to insects, bugs, and mice. A clean house will set you up for success when it comes to preventing infestations. Clean up your messes around the house as they happen. Don’t let them linger too long. Throw away bad food right away. Get properly fitting and sealed trash cans. This can be as simple as tidying up for 15 minutes per day to ensure a clean, pest-free home. Don’t let tidiness fall to the wayside. For so many reasons, it can save you a lot of hassle in the future.

4. Clean your drains

Studies have shown that gunky drains often lead to pest infestations. What you may see as gross (because it is), pests find enchanting. Small flies are especially drawn to dirty drains. Keep your sink and tub drains clean by using the right products and up-keeping them weekly or bi-weekly. Your simple efforts to keep your home clean will pay off in so many ways in the long run, as previously mentioned.

5. Store food wisely

If you are having trouble sealing your foods, whether it be open bags or boxes, don’t leave fate to chance. Move your unsealable food packaging into a plastic container or sealed bag. The last thing you want is ants in your pantry. They are incredibly difficult to get rid of, as many of you reading this article probably already know… On the same note, eat older foods you buy first. Having an abundance of opened or unopened food that sits in your pantry for (what seems like) ages can encourage pests to inhabit your space. Keep them away by implementing these simple techniques every day, and, if you still are finding problems, be sure to call your pest control experts. They will know best how to handle any problems from there.

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