We’ve all been there before. Sitting at home watching a nice show on the television, about to dive into a bowl of chips and dip, only to discover a gigantic-looking pest lurking across the coffee table. First, you shriek, then you move it outside, but the real question remains: how do you keep them from coming inside in the first place? Here are a few tips.
1. Store Food the Right Way
If you’ve got any dried cereal or bread crumbs laying out on the table, that’s a special invitation to ask pests to join you for dinner. Make sure you clean thoroughly after a meal and remember to store your food properly when you put it away.
2. Seal Up Any Entrances
Gaps in the window framing and cracks underneath the door or in the wall are perfect opportunities for bugs from the outside to slither their way inside. Seal up the gaps and consider putting screen up over the inside of the vents and around the fireplace.
3. Give Your Pets Regular Baths
You may not know it, but your dogs and cats are carriers for all sorts of little critters, often times toting around bugs that they don’t even know about. Make sure you’re giving your dogs regular baths and check your cats regularly for pests that may be lodged inside their fur.
4. Keep Clutter to a Minimum
Having a home that is free from clutter is not only good for your mental health, but it’s also good for pest control as well. By reducing the number of places they can hide, you discourage them from setting shop in your home.
5. Empty Trash Cans Regularly
Even if you don’t always have enough trash to justify taking it out to the dumpster, you should still empty it often, especially if you have food or bacteria-laden items inside. Bugs are attracted to those materials and will swarm around the bin.
6. Watch Your Moisture
Keep an eye on the amount of water vapor that is inside your bathrooms and around your sinks. If you notice a lot of drippage or see that your room isn’t ventilating properly, take steps to fix it. Cockroaches can live for months without food as long as they have access to water.
7. Keep Wood Away From the House
If you have a wood burning fireplace, it can be tempting to leave a pile of wood near the house or even inside. Resist the urge; not only will it be a haven for pests, but they’re also hotspots for termites that can cause real structural damage.
8. Schedule a Regular Inspections
Though you may be able to keep a lot of bugs at bay, nothing replaces a thorough check by a licensed professional. They’ll be able to spot things you can’t see and may even prevent bigger problems from occurring.