Safe Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home
It is rather common for pests, such as Ants, stink bugs, cockroaches, rodents, and spiders to invade homes throughout the year. This is particularly during fall as they search for a warm place to hide during winter. For many homeowners, spraying such pests with chemical insecticides appears to be a satisfying solution. However, chemical pest control can end up polluting the environment, hence, should be the last option. The best way to control pests is rendering your home pest-proof in the first place. There is numerous simple and cost effective ways through which you can prevent the entry of pests into your home, some of which are mentioned below.
- Keep the House Clean and Dry at All Times
It is a known fact that most of the rodents and insects are attracted to homes by food and water. As such, keeping your house clean and dry can prevent their invasion. The worst affected part, in this case, is the kitchen; if the kitchen is not cleaned on a regular basis, the food remnants will attract pests like cockroaches, ants, and rodents. These will then attract spiders and wasps, which feed on other insects. Here are some tips on how you can keep your home clean and dry.
- Regularly wash dishes and wipe up any spills using soap and water
- Keep garbage cans free of food residue and empty them daily.
- Ensure that all beverage and food containers are tightly sealed whenever they are out of the fridge.
- Vacuum and or sweep the floors regularly
- If you have a pet in the house, regularly wash its bedding and use a flea comb to comb it regularly.
- Seal All Pest Entry Points
In this regard, you should look for any holes and opening that may be used by rodents and insects to gain access into your home. You should have the seal such holes and openings completely; hence, deny pest entry into the house. Here are some tips on how to seal such openings
- Use screens to cover A/C vents. Such screens should have no holes.
- You can seal any crevices and cracks on moldings, baseboards, ducts, pipes, toilets, sinks, and electrical outlets using silicone caulk.
- Keep stacked firewood, vegetation and any other debris, which may be used by the insects to climb into the house, away from the house.
- Make Use of Lower-Risk Pesticides
Although the use of chemical pesticides should be left to the pest control professionals, there are certain lower-risk pesticides that you may use, with limited exposure, of course, to control pests in your home. This is particularly the case when trying to remove ants, whereby the methods mentioned above may not be effective. In this regard, you should only use techniques that pose minimal risks to the occupants of the home.
Rendering your house pest-proof may not be an easy task, especially if you do not have sufficient time to carry out the measures mentioned above. In that case, you need to hire skilled, experienced and expert pest control professionals, such as All About Ants.