Bugs are almost certainly one of the most unwanted guests in anyone’s home. Not only do bugs create unsanitary conditions in the home, but they also can cause serious damage to your property or even be a hazard to your family’s health. For this reason alone, it is important that homeowners do as much as they can to preemptively protect the home against pest infestations. In today’s article, we share some simple tips that you can adopt to ensure that your home is a pest-free zone. Read on to find out more!
1. Pest Control Services Know Best
Many people resort to calling in professional pest control experts when they are in the midst of a bug infestation. However, did you know that enlisting the help of pest control services before you find yourself in that sticky situation is always recommended? Professionals at Pestline Pest Control recommend treating your home at least two to three times a year in order to ensure that your home is free from creepy crawlies and that any potential issues are nipped in the bud. Whilst routine pest control services may seem like a costly affair, they are certainly a lot less costly than having to spend thousands should your apartment or house get infested.
2. Keep Food Sources Away
Pests absolutely love food. This is why we always recommend keeping your bins shut and taking the trash out every night. Food that is left sitting in a big will almost always attract pests such as rats, cockroaches, ants and flies. It is also important to note that some pests are attracted to pet food, so if you have a cat or dog, we highly recommend clearing any uneaten food or storing it in the fridge. It is also important that you seal packets and boxes of food in an appropriate manner in order to avoid attracting pests to your drawers and cupboards.
3. Get Rid of Clutter
Most people know that bugs and insects love food, but did you also know that they adore clutter? This is because pests need a place to mate, lay their eggs and raise their young. What better a place is there to do this than within the nooks and crannies of your overly cluttered home? As gross as that sounds, having bugs procreate in your home is something that has probably already happened if not will. This is why getting rid of clutter is so important. If you have piles of old magazines, cardboard boxes and old clothing, we highly recommend giving them away or throwing them out in order to make your home as unappealing as possible to a pest infestation.
4. Seal Doors and Windows
In order for pests to enter your home, they require an entry point. You can reduce the number of entry points in your home by ensuring that all your windows and doors are sealed properly. Always check to see if your windows are caulked and sealed well, and fix any possible issues that may exist as soon as possible. If you’re someone who loves fresh air and needs to keep the windows open, we highly recommend installing a high-quality fly screen in order to prevent critters from entering your home.
5. Utilise the Power of Scent
Last but certainly by no means least, we always recommend that people utilise tools such as mosquito coils, citronella candles and other various forms of natural bug repellents in addition to all the points we have mentioned above. Some great scents that ward pests off include Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Basil and Eucalyptus. Not only will these scents keep bugs away, but they’ll also ensure that your home smells amazing at all times!
And there you have it – some incredibly simple yet highly-effective ways in which you can preemptively protect your home against pest infestations.