How to keep your home pest-free

All Pest Control: How to keep your home pest-free

Keeping your home in a good condition can be a tough task but it will surely pay off. This is because pests and rodents don’t like living in clean and well-maintained areas. Thus, the best way to prevent possible pest infestations is to keep your home spic and span. Take a look at how you can do that by reading below:

Clean up your meals right away

Make it a habit to clean your dishes right away instead of letting them stack up in the sink. This is to prevent pests and rodents from coming out and feeding on the leftover food. If you don’t have the time to clean your dishes right away, just give them a quick rinse to remove most of the food residue on the surface.

Take out the trash once full

You don’t have to take out the trash every day as long as the bag is not full yet. Once you think the trash bag is full, make sure to bring it out to a larger garbage bin outside your home. Keep in mind that pests love trash so they will be attracted to the smells coming from your trash.

In addition, taking out the trash will help you keep your home odour-free. If you don’t want to take out the trash often, make sure to use a larger garbage can with a lid to make it hard for pests and rodents to get inside.

Rinse the recyclable garbage

All households should have a designated can for recyclable trash such as jars, cans and tubs. If you have one, make sure to rinse them to remove the food residue inside. Put the recycling can outside of your home to eliminate odours.

Wipe any crumbs or food residue from surfaces

As you clean your kitchen or dining room, make sure to wipe any crumbs or food residue off any flat surfaces. Do not wipe the crumbs down on the floor since this can lead to more pests and rodents in your home. Instead, wipe them into a garbage can or wet cloth. If you accidentally wipe the crumbs onto the floor, grab a broom and dustpan to sweep up the food debris. 

Moreover, ensure that the crumbs will not go into small crevices or gaps. Crumbs are easily detected and eaten by pests especially if they are in areas that are hard to reach. Clean out your drain as well since some food scraps stay on them. Prevent any pest infestation due to food residue by constantly inspecting your cabinets and surfaces for any fallen crumbs. 

Clean out the pet bowls every day

Make sure to clean the food bowls of your pets daily since pet food is a great source of food for pests and rodents. Wash the food or remove any crumbs left after your pet has eaten. Moreover, avoid using an automated feeder unless you are leaving your pet alone for a couple of days. Automated feeders attract pests since they are often open to dispense food.

Rake up yard debris

Rake up yard debris such as grass clippings, fallen leaves and small tree branches. Then, put them into a big container to prevent pests from making their nests on them. If you don’t have a yard debris container, try to sweep them off as far away from your property as you can. 

Store your food in airtight containers

Store your food in airtight containers such as cans or jars. Avoid using paper, cardboard or plastic since bugs and rodents can easily chew through them. A metal can, glass jar or other airtight containers with a lid are great storages where you can put your food for a few days. You can also just buy food items stored in cans or jars to store them easier. 

Seal pet foods or store them in lidded containers

If your pet food is in resealable packs, make sure that they are sealed completely before storing them. Otherwise, transfer them in lidded containers and make sure to put the lid back every time you open it to scoop out the food. Keep in mind that pests love pet food since they can get enough nutrients to survive by eating it.

Keep perishable food inside the fridge

Do not leave perishable food on the kitchen table or counter, store them inside the fridge or freezer instead. This will keep the item last longer and is an easy way to prevent pests and rodents from locating them. However, items that can easily get soggy such as crackers or cereals can be kept outside the fridge as long as they are stored inside airtight containers.

Attach screens to your windows and doors

Purchase some wire screens and attach them to your doors and windows to prevent insects from entering your homecoming into the rooms. The screen will also lethelp fresh air to enter the room without you having to worry about insects or bugs. However, make sure that the screens have small holes to prevent small insects like fruit flies from fitting through.

Fill cracks around your doors or windows

Make sure to fill in any cracks around your doors or windows using silicone caulk. Inspect the areas around them to make sure that there are no gaps or holes where pests and rodents can go through. If you see one, grab some silicone caulk and fill the open areas withusing it. Let it dry for at least an hour. 

Aside from preventing pests and rodents from crawling in, sealing the gaps around or on your doors and windows will also make your home warmer during winter and cooler during summer.

Repair faulty or leaking pipes and faucets

Contact a plumber right away if you notice a leak in your sink or pipes. These are a great water source for pests and rodents. If you don’t have time to call for a plumber, you can cover the leak by wrapping waterproof tape or cloth around the pipe or faucet. This will prevent pests and rodents from crawling up through the pipes.

Clean out your gutters

Make sure to clean out your gutters at least once a year. Wear gloves and gently scoop out any lead litter or debris to keep them clean. It is advisable to do this during spring so you can remove all the clutter that was formed during the winter. If you don’t clean your gutters regularly, it will provide homes for pests and rodents as well as disrupt the flow of water down to your drain pipe.

Trim trees and bushes

If you have large trees or bushes that touch the sides of your home, trim them until the branches or trees no longer brush against the sidings. You can grab a pair of pruners and do this by yourself or you can talk to a professional gardener to cut the trees and bushes for you. Trees, bushes and shrubs are great homes for pests and insects. Eventually, your home will become a nesting or feeding area too if the pests found their way into your home.

Try pesticides

Treatments for pest infestation are better done by pest control experts since it includes using harsh and deadly chemicals. However, if you don’t have time to schedule a pest control service, you can just try less toxic pesticides that are safe for you and the environment. 

If you see a lot of ants, cockroaches or lizards, try dusting boric acid on cracks and crevices where they possibly live. Tamper-resistant bait boxes are great to place in areas where food, plates and other cookery are stored. Make sure to look for bait boxes that use less toxic chemicals like boron and ensure that they are out of reach of children. Fleas and mites can be eliminated using insecticidal or fatty-acid soaps. These are harmless to humans and other animals unless ingested.

Try to start with milder pesticides as much as possible. Use stronger pesticides only if necessary and if you are targeting specific threats. When using strong chemicals, make sure to open all windows and doors. Leave the room immediately after spraying if the pesticide requires an unventilated room. 

Moreover, avoid spraying pesticides all over the place. Instead, spray it to limited places such as gaps, cracks and other hard-to-reach areas. When disposing of pesticides, check the label for instructions and never empty it down the drain.

Tend your garden

Tend your garden regularly to avoid attracting unwanted pests, insects and plans. Clean up any debris and weeds since they provide a home for pests. Plant the right plants during the season to prevent them from wilting and dying. Dead plants are often eaten by pests and rodents. Protect your beds by using row cover since they are an excellent barrier against various pests and rodents.

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