What Are the Best Ways to Protect Your Home From a Pest Invasion?

While there is an abundance of things that we need to prioritize when doing up our home, it can result in some costly repairs, especially when it comes to pests and insects. If we’re in the midst of upgrading our home and we find that there is something laying eggs in the night or we wake up every morning to find a trail that wasn’t there the night before, we’ve got to ensure that we are doing everything we can to keep our home pest-free and, of course, well-maintained. What are the things we can do? 

Call the Professionals

While there’s plenty of pest control services such as Aptive Environmental that can help, we need to make sure that we also use pest control methods if the problems persist. Insecticides, baits, and traps are all common components that will help, but you should rely on professional pest control services if there’s a more severe infestation. 

Maintaining Cleanliness

What we need to remember is that pests are attracted to food and water sources, and therefore, we’ve got to be more on the ball with regard to cleanliness. In addition to vacuuming and sweeping your floors regularly, as well as emptying trash cans, also look at storing food in airtight containers, not leaving dirty dishes out, and focusing on identifying the sources. 

Disposing of Garbage Properly

While we know that we should take out the garbage regularly, we might want to upgrade our trash receptacles to ensure they have secure lids. If you are using compost bins, ensure they are also well-maintained and sealed. We’re trying to minimize points of entry, and disposing of garbage properly is one of the best ways to do this. 

Sealing Your Entry Points

You should inspect the home for any openings that pests will use to enter. Gaps, cracks, or openings, no matter how small they are, can be an entry point, especially for mice because of how they can contort their bodies to squeeze through the tiniest of holes. 

What Are the Best Ways to Protect Your Home From a Pest Invasion?

Look After Your Garden

If you live somewhere with terrible weather conditions, you’ve got to think that pests are going to use your home as a haven away from horrible weather. Trimming bushes and trees away from your home can prevent pests from getting into your property easily, and it also means you’ll be able to look after your garden more effectively. 

Fix Leaks

Lots of pests are attracted to moisture, and any leaky pipes, faucets, and any other water sources around the property could be attractive to these pesky critters. 

Look After Your Pets

This is one of the big issues because we have to leave food out for our pets, which means that if the food stays in a bowl overnight, this can be another source of attraction for pests. What’s more, keep your pets well-groomed because ticks and fleas can also infest your home through your beloved animal.

If you want to look after your home and keep it free from pests, it’s about a combination of methods for prevention, as well as early intervention, that is so critical. 

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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