As a homeowner, you have pride in your home. You work hard to keep up with the maintenance and the yard work and you’re proud of your own little castle. That’s why when you hear the pitter-patter of little feet above you in the attic at night, or you see a multi-legged guest scurry across your floor, or you come in from your backyard covered in mosquito bites…you are (rightly!) grossed out! Seriously, who wants that? Pests can cause damage to your property and can bring germs and all sorts of nastiness into your home. You can try sprays and traps and remedies you found on Google, but do you know what the best way to control, remove, and prevent pests in your home is? It’s a routine visit by the exterminator.
Pests can be bothersome, but these top tips can help you can keep your home critter free!
1-) It’s not you, it’s them. You may be the best homeowner and home keeper ever. You might clean with a vigor that rivals the energy of Super Bowl season. And you might still have pests. People often assume that the “dirty houses” are the only ones that get pests, but that simply isn’t true. During the winter all sorts of critters look for warmth and come inside to stay dry.
2-) That being said….keep it clean! While pests can come into any home, things like food left out on counters, dirty dishes left in the sink, or trash that’s been hanging out for a while can all entice unwanted visitors. Keeping dishes washed, trash taken out, and food put away can definitely help keep pests at bay and away from those tempting snacks.
3-) Caulk is your friend. Of course this won’t help with all pests. However, looking around the outside out your house for any openings and sealing them off can help keep unwanted visitors out of your house. Whether it means a little caulk to close off a hole or making sure that the doors close tightly, removing any exterior access points into your home can be helpful.
4-) Think about your landscaping. If you have flower beds that come right up to the house, be sure to keep them well maintained. Having excessive leaves, sticks, and other landscape clutter up next to your house invites pests to hide right next to your foundation….which, if you have not sealed everything off like we discussed above, gives pests prime entry points into your home. Keep your flower beds neat and tidy and consider spraying your flower beds with a bug killer before removing any shrubs or plants. Anytime you are moving mulch and dirt it disrupts all the bugs that have been in the dirt and sends them running.…right for your house.
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