Top 10 Pest Control Secrets for Homeowners
Pest Control Secrets for Homeowners
Pests can cause a lot of problems for homeowners and their homes. If you are not careful, pests can destroy your property, contaminate your food, and create an unsanitary environment that is unliveable. You need to pay attention and notice the signs before it is too late.
If you happen to see a spider, mouse, ant, rat, flea, or cockroach, do not assume it is a one-time ordeal. There may be a bigger nest of these pests somewhere nearby, like in your drywall or flooring. As soon as you see any of these pests, you should immediately take the necessary actions to prevent any future pest sightings or incidents.
Below are the top 10 pest control secrets for homeowners. If you follow these tips, you should be able to keep your home safe and secure.
Do not let your grass grow too long. Keep mowing the grass every couple of weeks, depending on the time of year. Summers require more cutting while winters don’t require hardly any cutting. Also, pick up all the twigs and leaves from the ground. Use a rake or any other landscaping tools to make the job easier.
If you see any weeds or other organic debris, remove it all wherever you see it. Try to maintain a clean yard with cut crass, trimmed bushes, and no debris lying on the ground. This creates fewer places for pests to nest or feed.
2) Insulation Upgrade
How good is the insulation in your home? Do you see any cracks or crevices around the frames of the doors or windows? If so, you need to upgrade your insulation so that you seal the frames tightly. Bad insulation will allow small pests to sneak inside, such as ants, fleas, and spiders. It will also cause cool or warm air to escape from the inside, which will ultimately affect your power bill.
Redo your insulation so that pests can no longer sneak into your home from the outside. Fill the gaps around your windows, doors, walls, skirting boards, and so on.
3) Give Your Pets a Flea Collar and Bath
If fleas are a common problem in your area, then you need to take better care of your pets. There are special flea collars that you can put around your pets’ necks to help repel fleas away. They are not 100% effective, but they could help to some extent. In addition, you should periodically give your pets a flea bath. Pet stores sell formulated shampoo that can destroy any fleas and flea eggs that may exist on the fur or body of your pets.
4) Maintain a Clean Kitchen
A clean kitchen will keep out pests. But if you drop crumbs or other food particles on the floor and you don’t clean them up, then you will attract insects into your home. You might not think that any ants or bugs are around, but they will somehow find their way into your kitchen if food is exposed.
Do yourself a favour and clean your counters, floors, stove, sink, dishes, and so on. Keep the lid on the trash can until the trash bag is ready to be taken outside to the garbage bin. Never leave the lid open to the trash can or garbage bin.
5) Keep a Dry Bathroom
When we take showers or baths in the bathroom, it is only natural for water to splash or splatter out of the bathtub and onto the tile floor. It is imperative that you clean up the water after you’re done. Don’t leave the water on the ground because it could attract insects that may be lurking underneath your tile flooring. If they find one little opening in the flooring, the water and moisture in the bathroom are all they need to come out in large numbers.
Therefore, clean up all the water from the floor. If your bathroom has a window, then you can open that to remove the moisture in the air.
6) Clean Outdoor Furniture and Objects
You may have a lot of outdoor furniture, toys, and other objects lying around on the grass of your lawn. Do not bring these objects indoors without cleaning them thoroughly first. You never know what kind of insect eggs or nests might exist on the outside or inside of these objects. If you bring these objects inside your home without cleaning them, it could cause pests to unleash themselves into the rooms of your home.
Use a sponge, soap, bucket, and/or hose to do the cleaning. You could even apply some bug spray to the objects after you’re done cleaning them. This is a common thing to do in case bad weather is about to strike, and you need to bring your outside objects into your garage.
7) Inspect the Perimeter of Your Home
It is a good idea to inspect the perimeter of your home and see if you can find signs of pests or their nests. Look under your porch and stairs if you have them. Pests love to hide in dark places like them. Check the corners of your outdoor furniture and swing set (if any) because spiders like to put their egg sacks and webs in these areas.
If you see signs of pests, then spray a bug-killing formula onto these areas. Then do what you can to prevent them from coming back, such as cutting the grass around these objects more.
8) Remove Clutter
People have a tendency to stock their attics and basements with dozens of boxes and old items that they no longer use. The problem with this clutter is it creates a sanctuary for pests to build nests and lay their eggs. It is even worse if you’re using cardboard boxes because cockroaches and mice are attracted to the material.
There are two possible solutions here. Remove the clutter by throwing away the items you no longer need. If you need to keep any items in storage, use a synthetic-based storage bin that is not cardboard.
9) Use LED Lights
Replace your traditional halogen light bulbs with LED light bulbs. Halogen light bulbs produce more heat and ultraviolet rays, which are attractive to bugs and insects. But if you use LED light bulbs on the outside and inside of your home, they won’t attract as many pests because they produce less heat.
10) Let Professionals Deal with Infestations
The secrets listed above will help prevent pest infestations from happening on the inside or outside of your home. But if you already have an infestation problem, then you should not try to handle it yourself. Rodents and insects tend to carry diseases, especially if you see large numbers of them together.
If you don’t know how to eliminate them properly, then you could put your health at risk. Calling a professional is always a good idea in these circumstances.