Are you getting tired of all the creepy crawlers overrunning your house? If you have issues with these unwanted guests, you can take comfort in the fact that you're not alone. Pests are quite a common problem by almost every homeowner that it's nearly impossible to contain them by yourself once they've already invaded your house.
Fortunately, if you've had a couple of encounters with pests before, there are various preventive measures that you can do to keep your house pest-free. Even more, following these steps can help discourage these critters from penetrating your home at any time.
Never leave your kitchen dirty
Your kitchen can be the perfect breeding ground for cockroaches, flour moths, and even rodents if not cleaned properly. That's why it's essential to make sure that it's free of any food debris at all times. Also, Good Housekeeping Magazine says you need to clear your kitchen of any possible food sources that might attract rodents and other pests inside your home. It's also best to wipe down all kitchen surfaces and throw away any leftover and uneaten pet food to protect your home from unwanted visitors.
Seal the hatches
Everyone wants their house and lot property to stay as well-maintained as possible for years to come. That's why it's essential to prevent pests from infesting your home in any way possible. Ensure that you check every nook and cranny for any small cracks and holes that can potentially be an entryway for pests to get inside your house.
You can consider caulking around the window frame and then install a fine mesh screen on your windows to block their entrance. It would help if you considered repairing the gaps or spaces around the AC units and the plumbing pipes. Next, Readers' Digest advises its readers to seal all the cracks or holes on the baseboards and the walls to eliminate any potential passages.
Eliminate all damp areas
Bugs like cockroaches and other insects find warm and humid areas to be ideal breeding grounds for them to thrive. So, you need to ensure that all areas inside your house remain as well-ventilated as possible. Regularly open your windows to promote proper air circulation, especially in your kitchen and bathroom. Meanwhile, if you see any cigar-shaped, wingless insects around your house, you may have a more pressing damp problem. Although silverfish are entirely harmless, these insects are indicators that there's a humid area inside your home.
Check your pets
Aside from blocking all the pests' entryway, you should take a closer look at your pets, too. Cat fleas are the most common type of household flea. What's worse is that birds and dogs can pick up these insects, too. Their bites can be extremely itchy and can even cause a person to develop eczema. So, it's a must to treat your pet with a flea treatment to prevent it from happening. Also, wash your pet's bedding once a week and vacuum their area regularly to prevent it from spreading.
These are only a few of the things you can do to protect your home from unwanted pests. If you feel that it's beyond your control, it's best to contact a pest control specialist immediately.