No matter where you live, there’s always going to be some kind of critter trying to invade your home. That’s why people spend so much money on pest control. Just the sight of one mouse or cockroach in the kitchen will send most people into orbit. But instead of waiting to deal with uninvited guests when they invade, you can take measures to reduce the chance of having to deal with them at all.
Here’s a few tips to help you repel pests and save money on pest control measures. The goals are to reduce the amount of pests that can feed and breed inside your home, along with eliminating conditions in your home that invite them in the first place.
Plants and Mulch
Pests can build a “bridge” to your home if your shrubs or branches are too close to the house. Trim back shrubs and tree branches so that they don’t touch the house. Wood mulch and pine straw also make a great home for pests. Try not to lay this kind of ground cover near the foundation. Use rock or stone, which is less attractive to pests.
Doors and Windows
Pests can get through any tiny crack or gaps in windows and doors. Inspect doors and window and repair anything that is warped or broken, along with fixing ripped screens. Screen mesh sizes of at least 200 holes per inch are best for keeping out pests.
Cracks and Gaps
Check for cracks and gaps around the house, including the foundation, loose siding, missing roof shingles and anywhere pests can enter. Seal openings with copper mesh, coarse steel wool, sheet metal or mortar. Stay away from caulk, as many pests can chew through it.
Trash and Litter
Trash cans are a perfect breeding ground for pests. Make sure your trash cans can seal tightly and keep the area around them free of debris. Also keep the cans clean. Make sure to keep your yard and outside areas free of litter, weeds, and standing water.
Gunk and debris can accumulate in drains and make a great place pests, especially small flies, to breed. Inspect all of your drains to make sure they’re clear.
Make sure to seal opened food. If you can’t completely close a food container or bag, such as bread, put it in a resealable bag. Dispose of old or out of date food, and make sure to use older food first. This will reduce the chance of attracting pantry pests.
Keeping your home clean is not only better for your health in general, it will also reduce the attraction for pests.
It may not be possible to make a home 100% pest proof, but if you follow these tips, you can reduce the chances of having to eliminate pest problems in the future.
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