How to Prevent Pest Infestation Around Your Home

As the weather changes, pests usually emerge from hibernation. Insects and pests can detect summer humidity, and they will seek out moisture and heat to grow and live. Homeowners can prevent pest infestations in their homes during the warmer seasons by taking some preventive measures. These include preventing ants, bedbugs, termites, and other household insects from invading.

Here are some simple ways to combat the pests that have taken refuge in your house. You can add these pest-control tasks to your home maintenance list:

Preventive Outdoor Tasks

  • Check all possible exits from your home. Seal any gaps or cracks.
  • Maintain your yard as messy and overgrown, as this is a breeding ground for many pests. Trim the branches and trees, and clean up all the trash and debris outside.
  • Get rid of rotten roof shingles and other deteriorating wood. This attracts termites. Rats and rodents can use trees and branches to gain access to your home. Store firewood and mulch at least 15-20 feet from your home.
  • You can look for termite and pest signs around your home, including cracked paints and walls, mold, and hollow wood.
  • Maintain the landscaping around your home. Keep the space between your soil and house walls clear. To prevent insects and ants from nesting in the soil, the soil should be sloped away from your house.
  • Mosquitoes and other pests love standing water, so make sure to clean your gutters regularly.
  • Use screens for vents, chimneys, and windows.
  • Use halogen and sodium vapor bulbs to repel insects.
  • Repair any leaky faucets, water pipes, and AC units.

Preventive Indoor Tasks

  • Keep your house and the kitchen clean and dry. Vacuum the carpet and sweep and mop your floors to remove food bits and crumbs. Close and cover dustbins. Store food in airtight containers. Fruit should be kept in the fridge.
  • Clean any food spills immediately around the bowls. Pet food shouldn’t be stored in a paper container instead of an airtight one.
  • Consult your veterinarian if you suspect that fleas or ticks infest your pet.
  • Clean your drains, under sinks, and any other places that may contain moisture or food residues regularly. These areas are ideal for cockroaches.
  • Keep them clean and smelling good.
  • Keep your kitchen and house dry to avoid pests. Dehumidifiers are useful in humid areas such as basements, attics, and other warm and damp spaces.

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