Pest control isn’t just important; it is absolutely essential. Allowing even a few pests to enter your home without taking care of them can quickly turn into an infestation. This is the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with.
The question is, how do you avoid pests? The best way is to treat pest control as a natural extension of your overall cleaning and care process that you go through for your home to keep it sparklingly clean (or at least respectable) and in good shape. If you’re still scratching your head, then you’re in luck, because we’ve come up with a pest control checklist you can follow:
Step #1: Take out your garbage.
You’d think it was an easy one, but it seems that many people have a problem removing their trash on a daily basis. Most pests have much better senses than we have, so if you leave rotting fruit in your trash, it won’t be long until rodents and bugs are clamoring to get inside. If you throw away something with a particularly strong odor, don’t wait until the garbage can is full. Instead, take it out to the dumpster right away.
Step #2: Remove clutter around your home.
Debris and clutter lying outside your house can be an open invitation to several types of pests. If your home is difficult to get into, at least for the moment, they will hide or burrow beneath the debris. Even worse, their presence can attract other pests as well.
Step #3: Remove excess water.
Pests need water to survive. Plus, where there’s water, there is often food. Pests know this, so they hunt down sources of water wherever they can. By getting rid of puddles, leaks, and similar wet areas around the perimeter of your home, you’ll go a long way to lessening the attractiveness of your abode.
Step #4: Pick up your crumbs, sir!
This could be an extension of throwing away your garbage, but it’s important to give this step its own consideration. Some pests are very attracted to the crumbs and spills that happen around your house. This is especially true with ants. They’re almost as good at detecting a mess you’ve made as your mom.
Step #5: Seal up your home.
This can’t be emphasized enough. How do most pests get inside your home? Through holes, cracks, and gaps, of course. Some especially tiny creatures, such as ants, might be a bit more difficult to stop, but for most, sealing these problem areas will go a long way to preventing pests from getting inside your house. If you’re not sure how to seal these areas, consult an HVAC expert or conduct some research online.