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Daily Pest Prevention Tips

Pest control is absolutely essential. Whether you’ve just spotted an anthill in your backyard or a wasp nest on top of your front door, pest control is inevitable. So how do you handle this problem?

To be honest, it’s impossible to make your home totally pest-proof. By hook or crook, some pests will find ways to enter your home. However, this doesn’t mean you make things simpler for them. Take enough time and you’ll dramatically lower the chances of having a massive pest infestation.

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Regularly use a sealed garbage can to dispose of trash.
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Keep the kitchen clean by sweeping the floor to get rid of crumbs and spill residue, and wiping countertops. Also, keep food in well-sealed containers and ripe fruit in a fridge.

Vacuum at least one time a week.

Keep bowls for pets clean and clear any spilled food/water around them right away. Use sealed plastic containers to store pet food instead of the polythene bags they usually come in.

Talk to your vet about preventative treatment for cats and dogs to help prevent ticks and fleas.

Regularly check below sinks for moisture and repair all leaky pipes. Use a dehumidifier in wet basements, attics or crawl spaces.

Outdoor duties

Spend some time examining your home’s exterior for simple points of access, paying more attention to where pipes enter your home. Using silicone-based caulk, seal all tiny cracks and crevices. For bigger gaps and holes, make use of steel wool as the rough texture of steel fibers usually keeps pests away.

Check for signs of damage by termites, such as soft wood that feels hollow when tapped, bubbling or cracked paint, and mud tubes.

Do landscaping properly by cutting grass low and ensuring that tree branches, shrubs and all other vegetation is trimmed nicely and far away from your house.

Clear out leaves and other gutter waste to stop standing water, which may be an ideal breeding ground for a variety of pests.

Fix fascia and rotten shingles as deteriorating wood attracts some pests.

Swap weather-stripping and fix loose mortar on basement foundation and windows.

Screen attic openings/vents to chimneys, and windows. Fix all rips or tears.

Using working gutters, splash blocks and gutters, guide water away from your house. Fix leaking water pipes, faucets and AC units.

Keep firewood about 20 ft away from your home.

Keep mulch around 15 ft away from your foundation.

One pests are firmly established in your house, it can be tricky to remove them. Once they’re in your home, some pests might cause severe property damage and others can pose health risks. If you discover a pest infestation in your home, call upon a professional pest control service to assess the magnitude of the issue and recommend the right course of treatment.