Pest Advice Blog

Reduce Clutter and Stay Pest Free in 2016

There’s a difference between a house that is comfortable as opposed to one that is filled with clutter. Cluttered homes can lead to organization issues as well as sanitary concerns. From dishes in the sink or clothing left on the floor, to stacks of paper on surfaces and crowded closets, clutter can take on many forms and can invade every room in your home. Not only can clutter prevent you from having a clean space, it can also be an open invitation for pests to share your home.

Want to evict the pests by the end of 2015? Follow these tips and eliminate places for pests to hide!


KitchenMost pests are drawn to trash – and the food within trash. Bugs and rodents love to snack on leftover food, assorted waste, and crumbs in the garbage can. Make sure that house trashcans are emptied right away so that pests don’t make a buffet out of your trash can. Similarly, unclean counters or dishes left in the sink can provide a welcome haven for pests. Do the dishes and clean kitchen surfaces on a regular basis. Be sure to properly store pet food and promptly remove anything that was not eaten by your furry friend.

Paper and Fabric

Newspaper ClutterItems such as old newspapers, books, random papers, and cardboard boxes can provide a cozy home for pests. These items can also serve as a food source. Many pests will eat paper, as well as fabric, especially if the paper or fabric has become moldy or stained. For this reason, donate old clothing instead of leaving it around the house. Don’t want to provide hiding places for potential pests? Recycle old newspapers, put books away, place papers into a filing system, and get rid of old boxes.

Clutter Free Kitchens and Bathrooms

bathroom clutterPests are often drawn to areas with standing water, so check under sinks and around pipes. Most of all make sure that kitchens and bathrooms are free of clutter. That means putting dirty clothing in the laundry basket and keeping counter surfaces clean and clutter free.

Outside Clutter

Bag of LeavesKeep your home and the surrounding outside areas clean. Bag leaves, tree or plant clippings, and other garden debris and put them out with the trash right away. Don’t let garden debris clutter up your yard or outside areas, as pests will be attracted to make nests. The same rules apply for outside trash: place it into bins and move the bins away from the house so that pests aren’t tempted by the inside of your home. Do your best to keep your attic, basement, or garden sheds neat and tidy, with items placed on shelves or safely stored away and sealed in containers if possible.

Do you think you’ve got pest problems stemming from clutter? Call Truly Nolen Pest Control today.

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