6 TIPS TO MAKE YOUR HOME PEST FREE
It’s imperative to notice and take precautionary measures the moment you see cockroaches, rodents or other insects at your home. The sign of a single pest can indicate a much larger problem at hand and it’s essential to rid your house of pests before it’s too late. A pest control service can help you determine the source of your problem and help you minimize the chances of the pests returning.
But, here are a few tips that you could do to ensure your home is pest free:
Make seasonal checks at home
Rodents seek shelter during cold winter months, so it’s important to check your homes for areas that may be susceptible to entry by tiny animals. Even small cracks in the foundation or small holes in the roof can be an invitation to squirrels, mice and other animals and bugs to enter your home.
Remove any wood planks or debris
Small animals and insects often take shelter in moist and dark areas. Don’t allow soil or mulch to build up around the foundation. Firewood should be stored away from the home.
Seal holes or openings in windows and doors
Make sure they are properly sealed and caulked to prevent entry from small critters and insects. This will also make your home more energy efficient.
Secure containers indoors and outdoors
Make sure garbage cans and recycling bins are sealed and placed away from the house. If you compost, consider doing so in a closed-top bin, and keep it as far from your home as possible.
Clean the Kitchen
Clear food from all surfaces, clean dishes every night, and sweep floors of crumbs. To pests, your kitchen could be perceived as a buffet if you are not diligent in keeping it free of food that’s easily accessible.
Schedule regular inspections
Even if you’re not aware of an infestation or pest problem, have a professional periodically inspect and treat your home before one occurs. Ask about potential problems with termites, bed bugs or rodents.