Pest control is a main concern when it comes to caring for your home and those who live in it. Unfortunately, pests can be extremely perseverant when it comes to gaining entry into your home and taking up residence. To keep pest problems at bay, follow these five residential pest control tips:
Cleanliness. Cleanliness is the most important thing when it comes to prevention. Pests love to feed on the remnants of last night’s (and last week’s, and last month’s) dinner. Clean underneath cabinets, kitchen appliances, and large furniture pieces that serve as crumb shelters. Also, keep your yard free of dead foliage piles, where pests like to hide.
Cutting off points of entry. Pests are very sneaky when it comes to finding entryways into your home. Inspect your home carefully and thoroughly for any cracks, crevices, holes, or gaps where insects and/or rodents may be able to get in, and seal those gaps with caulk.
Good habits. Develop good general habits when it comes to caring for your home, and pest control will happen naturally. For example, don’t ever leave food or drink out at night, as this is sure to tempt pests in. Also, stay on top of your regular home maintenance; things like changing out your filters as needed, keeping your windows and doors properly sealed and weather-stripped, replacing missing roof tiles, sealing off cracks in your foundation, and cleaning the ventilation regularly will go a long way toward pest-proofing your home. Remember that pests thrive in warm, moist environments – which is exactly the type of environment that can also wreak havoc on your home’s structure – so it is a good idea to inspect the basement and attic areas regularly for moisture problems.
Baits. If you already have pests living in your home, then setting up bait traps is a relatively simple and easy way to get rid of your pest problem. You may purchase pest bait at any local retail merchandiser, hardware store, or home improvement store. Simply follow the manufacturer’s instruction for application.
Long-term maintenance. Diatomaceous earth, a powdery substance made from fossilized algae that is completely safe for humans but extremely poisonous for pests, is effective at treating a wide variety of common household pests – from fleas to ants to cockroaches. You may sprinkle diatomaceous earth anywhere you think pests are likely to congregate in order to keep them away on a long-term basis.
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