Top 10 Tips From Your Local Exterminator
Pests have a way of ruining your day when they enter your home or invade your barbecue or picnic. To help keep them under control, you may want to consider these 10 pest control tips.
1. Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes use standing water as a breeding ground. Be sure to remove any standing water you see to stop them from reproducing.
2. Block Their Entry
Check for gaps around your windows and doors and repair any holes that you find in your screens. Replace window stripping if you find it missing.
3. Keep Things Clean
A clean home is where pest prevention begins! Focus especially on the kitchen. Don’t try to ripen fruit or vegetables on your counter. This creates an invitation for pests like ants that enjoy nibbling on sugar. Make sure to sweep and mop regularly as well.
However, this is just a start, and it’s likely that unwanted pests will still enter. You can’t rely solely on a clean house to stop these invaders.
4. Keep Your Yard Maintained
By keeping your yard maintained, it will cut down on overgrowth, which is an ideal environment for pests. Trim shrubs and bushes that are near your house and remove any debris that has accumulated.
5. Inspect Outdoor Equipment
Another important pest control tip is to make a regular habit of inspecting nooks, crannies, and corners of your outdoor furniture, swings and other outdoor equipment. Remove any signs of pests such as spider webs.
6. Keep A Close Eye on Pests
It’s important to set bait and pest monitors so you can track where they’re getting in. Place these by windows or front entry doors.
7. Leave Outdoor Items Outside
Don’t bring outdoor items like tables, chairs, or toys inside your house. If you really need to, wipe them down first to eliminate any possible hitchhikers.
8. Contain Your Garbage
It’s important to not throw meat scraps or other food into an outside garbage can unless it’s going to be picked up within 24 hours. These materials are a definite attractor for pests once they start to rot in the summer sun.
9. Store Your Firewood Properly
Keep any firewood you store away from your home. Shoot for a distance of 5 feet or more and place it in racks that are well above the ground.
10. Use A Professional Pest Control Service
Pests need to be identified properly before treating them, which can be difficult if you don’t know the signs to look for. A professional exterminator can identify the pest correctly, treat specifically for that pest instead of blindly treating your entire house, and can also help you prevent other pests in the future. If you’re interested in protecting your home or business from pests, contact Antworks today!