An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There is a lot of wisdom in that saying, especially when it comes to pest control. Keeping pests out of your house is much easier than getting them out once they are established. So, we have put together a handy guide to helping keep your home pest free.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
The number one thing you can do to keep your home pest free is to keep your kitchen clean. All sorts of pests are attracted to food droppings, waste, and dirty dishes. They also find water sources under sinks, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Keeping your kitchen clean can make it less attractive to insects. So, clean your counters nightly, store all food in closed containers, and do not leave dirty dishes out. These simple steps can go a long way to preventing pests.
Keep Your Bathroom Clean
Bathrooms are a great water source for pests. Plus, they can be a food source as well. Pests may be drawn to waste products lingering on your toilet or other surfaces. So, make sure and clean your bathroom surfaces with disinfectant cleaners at least once a week. Plus, make sure you do not dispose of food products in your bathroom wastebaskets. You also want to keep your drains clean because clogged drains can create an inviting habitat for pests.
Be Careful What You Bring into Your Home
Whether you are bringing in firewood, potted plants, or bags that you have taken on vacation, be cautious before bringing them into your home. They all provide great vectors for pests to get inside. So, inspect things before you bring them inside. If you have luggage from a trip, unpack immediately and thoroughly wash all clothing in hot water.
Monitor Your Yard for Standing Water
Mosquitoes need standing water to breed. However, they do not need a lot of standing water. They can breed in plant saucers, small puddles, and other items. Look through your yard for anything that could hold water and get rid of it. The fewer breeding spots mosquitoes have, the better!
Use Window Screens
Everyone loves a breath of fresh air. However, you do not want to let pests inside. Cover your windows with screens and think about installing screen doors. It will help you keep out insects and other pests. Plus, check your screens frequently. A little hole can let in a lot of pests!
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