Pests can be a huge nuisance to your home. They eat your food, damage your belongings, litter your living space, and some even cause diseases. It can all be too much for any homeowner. But pests don’t just pop out of the blue. If you have been having a recurring pest problem in your home, it could be that your home provides an attractive environment. In this blog post, we will discuss five ways your home can attract unwanted guests and how to fix the problem.
Dirty dishes/Food scraps
The kitchen is the first room in your home that pests are most likely to invade. One of the reasons for this is that pests are attracted to food residue. If you leave dirty dishes/food scraps in the sink or on the counter, you are providing an easy food source for ants, cockroaches, and other pests. Dirty dishes aside, most people neglect cleaning their kitchen floor. The tiny food crumbs and drink spills that accumulate day to day are a buffet for pests. Make sure to sweep and mop your kitchen floor frequently to remove any food residue.
A cluttered home is a comfortable home for pests to invade. Pests like to hide in dark, undisturbed places, and clutter provides the perfect hiding spot. This is also an excellent place for them to establish a dwelling and multiply without interruptions. If you have stacks of old and unused books somewhere in the basement, heaps of old clothes in the laundry room that have been ignored for a while, or damaged farm tools and equipment in the garage, this is where pests will make their home. Clear out all the clutter in your home to get rid of their hiding spots.
Leaky pipes and faucets
Moisture is another pulling factor that will attract pests to your home. Remember that they need water to survive, and a leaky faucet or pipe will provide them with the water they need. Not only that but a leaky faucet or pipe can also damage your home’s foundation and structure, giving the pests an entry point. If you have been having problems with vermin, check to see if you have any leaks in your plumbing. More so, any stagnant water in your home, such as a pet’s water bowl that has not been emptied for a few days, or a flower pot collecting rainwater, will also attract pests. Make sure to fix any leaks in your plumbing and get rid of any stagnant water.
Open windows and doors
An easy-to-access home is a welcome sign for most pests. Windows and doors are the perfect way for pests to enter your home. They can come in through the cracks and openings or simply fly right in if the door or window is left open. If you have been struggling with vermin, close all your windows and doors when you are not using them. You may also consider installing screens on your windows and using a door stopper to keep the door closed. Any cracks, crevices, and holes in your home’s exterior should also be sealed.
Garden near the home
Having a garden close to your home can also make it attractive to pests. Pests like to feed on the plants in your garden, and they will also use the garden as a place to hide and multiply. They can also use this as a bridge to access your home. If you have a garden close to your home, keep it well maintained and free of debris. You may also want to consider fencing off the garden to keep larger pests out.
How do I keep pests away from my property?
There are a few things that you can do to keep vermin away from your property. You can:
Install a fence around your home
Erecting a fence around your home is an excellent way to keep larger types of pests out. The fence may help prevent pests from entering your property.
Use pest-resistant plants in your garden
If you have a garden close to your home, you can use pest-resistant plants to keep the pests away. Several plants are resistant to most insects, so you can choose from various plants to find the right one for your garden.
Keep your home clean
Make sure to sweep and mop your kitchen floor often to remove any food residue. Get rid of any clutter in your home, clean clogged rain gutters that attract rodents, keep leftovers in sealed containers, and make sure that there is no stagnant water. You can also use a household pesticide to keep the pest issues away – but the most effective method is to call in professional pest control services.
Seal cracks and crevices in your home
Sealing up the cracks, crevices, and even the tiniest holes in your home is an excellent way to keep annoying pests out. You can use caulk to seal the gaps or install door sweeps and window screens, and don’t forget to fix damaged screens to keep away flying insects.
Hire a pest control company
If you have been struggling to get rid of pests on your own, you should consider hiring a pest control company. The expert pest control services will be able to treat your home for pests and get rid of them for good.
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