Are you concerned about keeping your home safe from pests and rodents but aren’t sure how to keep your home pest free? Being proactive in pest prevention is key. By the time you notice a cockroach, a fly, or any other rodent it might be too late. A single rodent or pest is probably a sign of a larger problem lurking in your home. Here are some simple tips that can help you keep your home pest and rodent free this summer and year round.
Commit to Making Seasonal Checks
During the winter months, rodents and pests take shelter in warmer areas such as sheds or cracks in our home. Small cracks in the foundation of your home can be an invitation for bugs and even squirrels or mice. Once they are in, they can stay for spring, summer and fall as they now have a stable source of food and shelter with no need to go elsewhere.
- Inspect your home each season and look for cracks where pests and rodents could easily crawl through and repair them.
- Check your windows and doors as well and seal any edges that might have cracks. This will make your home more energy efficient as well.
- Remove large piles of leaves and wood debris from your yard as insects and rodents will use these spaces for warmth and shelter. The soil underneath these piles becomes moist and will attract rodents.
- Store firewood away from your home as well as this will attract ants and rodents.
Deep Clean Your Kitchen
While even a spotless home might still have insect problems, a pest issue is greatly reduced when a kitchen is kept clean.
- Keep your kitchen sink clear of dirty dishes and your counter free of food.
- Sweep floors to remove any crumbs that might have fallen during meal prep.
- Take the trash out regularly.
To pests and rodents your kitchen is a buffet so be diligent about keeping it picked up and clean.
Keep Up the Outdoors
Trim back the trees and bushes outside of your home. Animals such as squirrels and raccoons will use tree branches to access your roof and make their way into your attic space. Consider hiring a tree trimming service to avoid providing these pests with access to your home. Your recycling bins and garbage cans should be sealed and stored away from the home. If you compost, use a sealed compost container and keep it as far away from your home as possible.
Control Excess Moisture
Water is a magnet for insects and rodents. Stay on top of plumbing leaks, roof leaks, or gutter leaks to keep rodents from being attracted to your home. Overwatering your lawn can also be attractive to rodents.
Schedule Regular Inspections
Consider scheduling seasonal inspections with a pest control company to make sure that your home is secure and pests are staying out of your home. These inspections should include perimeter checks of your home as well as indoor. By doing this you will ensure that no problem is ever too big to fix.
Call your local Truly Nolen Atlanta pest professional to schedule your free pest inspection.