Pest control is typically thought of as a one time ordeal. Once a house becomes so infested with pests that its owners cannot live in comfort and safety, professional pest exterminators are called, the house is fumigated and the problem is solved. This is not the case, however. Pest control is not something that’s done once anytime pests become especially numerous, it’s a continual process that is done over a long period of time. Here are some tips for preventing an on-going pest infestation.
Block all Entry Points
The most important aspect of pest control is to block all the entry points around your house that pests could use to sneak in. Do this by replacing torn window screens, making sure your doors shut airtight, caulking cracks in your houses foundations, and clogging any holes with copper mesh.
Remove any Food Sources
Next, remember that when pests coming into our homes, what their usually looking for is something to eat. Therefore, make sure your floors and countertops are free of crumbs, and that you store all of your food in airtight containers.
Reduce Moisture and Humidity
Something else to watch out for is humidity. Pests love humidity because it gives them something to drink. In order to get excess moisture and humidity out of your house, dry your sink thoroughly, insulate your pipes, and maybe purchase a dehumidifier.
Use Natural Deterrents
If you’re aiming for deterrents instead of extermination, then you don’t need to use dangerous, synthetic chemicals. Natural pest repellents will do the trick. Some natural pest repellents include mint, dog hair, citronella candles, cucumber, garlic and basil. Spread these around window frames, doors and gardens to keep pests at bay.
Another important tip is to keep your house organized. Pest love cluttered houses as it gives them many places to hide and reproduce out of sight. Try to hang up scattered clothes, put away toys and stack boxes in an orderly fashion.
Check Your Clothes Before Coming Inside
Finally, one of the major ways pests get into our homes be hitching a ride on us. To prevent this, check your clothes thoroughly before coming inside, especially if you were walking in thick wooded areas, and inspect your pets for fleas and ticks after they come back in from playing outside.
A pest free house is not something you can achieve overnight. It’s a long process that takes time and deliberation. Fortunately, once you get started, it becomes instinctual very quickly.
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