Pest invasions can be a big nuisance and cause disturbances when they infest your home. Besides, they are capable of causing adverse health effects on humans and pets. Even after your pest controller gets rid of them, you should always keep them at bay by using the following preventive measures.
Regularly cleaning your home and its environs is the easiest way to keep pest infestations at home. Dirty and unhygienic conditions are the breeding ground for all kinds of pests. Food crumbs and spilled sugary drinks attract pests like cockroaches, flies, rats, wasps, bees, and ants in minutes.
When pests set camp in your house, they are always costly to get rid of; therefore, you should take preventive measures to curb them by thoroughly sweeping, cleaning, and vacuuming.
Dispose of waste properly.
Garbage cans and bins are an attraction site for pests, especially flies and cockroaches. It is best if you have a proper bin with a lid that can close tightly. Any spillages from the bin attract the pest; therefore, an adequate bin is essential to prevent leakages.
Besides investing in a standard bin, you should always empty and wash it regularly to make it as unattractive as possible for the pests. Pointe Pest Control specialists recommend you always keep the bin tightly-closed and clean it thoroughly, as garbage can stick to the sides and attract wasps.
Maintain your yard
A clean and well-maintained lawn lowers the chances of pests invading your home. For instance, a yard or garden with poor drainage can cause stagnant pools of water, a breeding place for mosquitoes. To prevent or control them, you have to get rid of the stagnant water pools.
Ensure your yard is well-mowed and that the soil is well-aerated to absorb rainwater completely.
Clean gutters and drains
Gutters create entry spots for pests such as rodents. While it is impossible to keep closed channels clean, it is recommendable that you inspect the exterior of your home and check for loose and broken gutters. Broken gutters can leak wastes and attract pests.
So, ensure you clean open drainage pathways, closely monitor and repair any leaking gutters to prevent pests attraction.
Seal up holes, cracks, crevices and open spaces
Many pests gain entry to your house through empty gaps, cracks, holes, and crevices. From the biggest like rats and scorpions to even little ones like bed bugs and ants, they only need a small space to squeeze in. Besides, hazardous ones like wasps, hornets, and bees can build their nests and cause big risks to your family members and pets.
Therefore, ensure you seal any openings and reinforce the sealants with materials that deter rodents and insects from gnawing on them.
Store food appropriately
In-house pests like cockroaches, rodents, and ants are attracted to the kitchen or pantry to scavenge for food. They can also find their way to open food containers and leave contaminants and droppings all over it.
Ensure your pantry is clean, always close food containers tightly and avoid leaving food out in the open to keep it pest-free.
Cover roof vents with mesh
As not all holes should be tightly sealed in your home for the sake of ventilation, cover roof vents and chimneys with fine wire mesh to keep the pests away.
While pest control specialists exterminate pests from your home, it is your mandate to ensure you take the necessary preventive actions to keep them at bay.