As the weather cools, mice and insects may seek shelter inside your home, looking for food and warmth. Pests are a nuisance and pose a health risk to your family. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent pests in your home.

Preventing Pests from Entering Your Home

Seal the House

Seal cracks and holes in your home’s exterior, including gaps around windows and doors, utility openings, and cracks in the foundation or siding. Use caulk or weatherstripping to close these openings and block rodents and insects from accessing your property.

Basic Lawn Maintenance Helps Prevent Pests in Your Home

Keep your yard clean and debris-free to make it less attractive to pests. An untidy lawn with tall grass is a great habitat for bugs and rodents. Remove piles of leaves, brush, wood, or other materials where rodents or insects could hide or build nests. Don’t leave puddles and standing water. Empty and clean birdbaths and improve drainage around your home.

Proper Food Storage

Store food in airtight containers to avoid attracting insects and mice to your pantry. Keep food off counters or tables and clean up immediately after every meal. Don’t leave pet food out overnight; put it in a sealed, airtight container.

Keep a Clean House

Clean spills and crumbs immediately. Wipe up spills and clean countertops after preparing a meal. Sweep and vacuum your floors regularly.

Install Screens to Prevent Pests

Install door and window screens. If your home already has window screens, inspect them thoroughly, looking for holes or tears. Make repairs or replace badly damaged screens to keep pests out of your home, even when the windows are open.

Pest Control Methods

Use Traps and Baits to Prevent Pests in Your Home

Commercial traps and baits are an effective way to control pests, but using them safely and according to the directions is important. Place the traps where you’ve seen ants, roaches, or spiders, such as under sinks and behind appliances.

Call a Pro

You may need to call a professional pest control expert if you have an infestation. A pest control service has the experience and expertise to eliminate rodents and insects and prevent them from returning.

Preventing a pest infestation requires a proactive approach. Learn about the prevalent pests in your region to identify warning signs and determine the best prevention strategies. Achieving pest-free living spaces requires patience, as eradicating an infestation may take time. With these tips, you’ll ensure your living space’s cleanliness, safety, and comfort.

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