Get Rid Of Pests From Your Home

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There is no rest for the weary when you are sharing your home with pests because pests never rest! Most people would agree that there is a certain stigma associated with having pests inside your home, especially if people find out. However, even the cleanest of homes are still attractive to pests, as they provide safe shelter, moisture, and a food source. Here are some quick, easy tips for keeping your house free of pests.

First and foremost, store all food in sealed, air-tight containers. By providing pests a food source, you’ve enabled them to reproduce and continue inhabiting your home. Common pests attracted by food are weevils, roaches, and mice. Refrain from leaving dirty dishes in your sink overnight, as many of these pests are nocturnal and feed on your leftovers.

On the same note, do not leave your pets’ food containers out all of the time. Try to put them out only when you plan for them to eat, and store pet food in air-tight containers, as well. Garbage cans also act as a food source, so take your trash out often. This helps with keeping the odor down as well, as that will also attract pests. Bleaching your trash can, or at least washing them out once every couple of months, will keep the bacteria from growing out of hand.

Next, protect your shelter by sealing any cracks or gaps between pipes and walls. Check your attic for improperly sealed areas. Try the spray foam crack sealer that is available at your local hardware store. Fix any leaky faucets and patch any holes surrounding the pipes going in or out of your home. Be sure to remedy areas of standing water or blocked gutters quickly, as they will attract flying pests like mosquitoes.

Maintaining your yard by keeping the lawn neatly mowed, and all trees nicely trimmed, removes many pests' favorite hiding and nesting places. Finally, if you have a wood-burning fireplace, keep the stored firewood away from your home. This, too, can be a source of shelter for many pests, and a gateway into your home.

Before you start your house cleaning, be sure that window screens are properly installed on all of your windows. Open up the windows, and let the fresh air do its part to clean your home. If you have any questions regarding pests or pest prevention, please give your local home pest control agent a call.

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