Prevent Pests in Your Home
Pests can be a serious problem in homes across Utah. But did you know there are ways to prevent the critters from entering your home in the first place? By forming some simple habits, you can avoid inviting pests like termites, cockroaches, mice and more into your home.
Pests like ants, mice and cockroaches live by their sense of smell, so you should avoid leaving food out for hours at a time. This attracts more critters into your home, so be sure to keep food in air tight containers in the refrigerator or cupboards. This also applies to your trash can. Just because you’re done with the food, doesn’t mean pests don’t want a sample.
Dry food storage can be a buffet for critters like mice and cockroaches, so keep an eye on dried food packages that sit in your pantry for a long time. Though these foods might not expire quickly, worms, beetles, moths and other creatures can chew through the packaging to lay eggs and live inside, if neglected. Additionally, once you’re done eating or cooking, be sure to clean crumbs on countertops and the floor by sweeping and mopping regularly.
Your home’s foundation and entry points are an easy way for pests to enter your home. These uninvited guests can enter your home in surprising ways. The first way to reinforce your home against pests is to inspect and patch up any cracks or holes in the wall of your foundation or vents. You should also fix any leaking pipes or plumbing because standing water attracts a menagerie of different pests.
Spring cleaning and decluttering isn’t just good for organization, it’s also good for preventing pests. Clutter under items such as clothes, papers and other home objects make great hiding spaces for pests like mice, beetles and cockroaches. The cleaner your home, the fewer places they have to hide. If you do see pests in your home, zappers, sprays, sticky paper and other home solutions work best for small problems. Vacuuming your home frequently also helps pick up eggs or droppings left by pests. We also recommend checking your pets for fleas and ticks if they go outside regularly.
It’s always best to keep a clean home, but don’t forget the outside of your home. Pests from the outside can come inside through any landscaping, shrubbery or trees that make contact with your house. Make sure that bushes and limbs don’t come in contact with your home or office building. You should also apply a screen to windows and doors so you can enjoy fresh air without pests entering your home. Be sure to keep any scrap or firewood away from your home or office space. These piles attract termites and other pests. When gardening, choose gravel or rock mulch instead of wood mulch to prevent pests. The more wood you have around your home, the more attractive it is to termites and beetles.
All of these preventative measures will keep your home safe and clean. However, pests like cockroaches, rodents and termites can cause serious damage if left unchecked. When you need professional help, call a qualified exterminator like Tyto if these problems persist.