Pest Prevention: 5 Effective Tips for Keeping Pests Out of Your Home

Pests can wreak havoc on a home. For most people, seeing a cockroach scamper across the floor or a few ants disappear into a crack in the wall can be unnerving. It’s impossible to know the extent of the situation at first glance.

The truth is that once you see the first signs of pests in your home, it could already be too late to prevent a problem, and finding the solution can be stressful and costly. Most insurance won’t cover damage caused by pest infestations, so it’s important to gain control of the situation and take action early on. There are many ways to treat a pest problem once it’s started, but if you need to pay for the services of an exterminator it can get expensive.

The best way to be in control is to take action early on to prevent pest problems before they begin. Here are 5 tips to helpĀ keep pests out of your home:

  1. Beware of bringing cardboard boxes and paper bags into your home.
    Cardboard boxes can be a carrier for bugs. For example, if you’re moving some boxes out of a storage unit you might want to check them for any evidence of infestation. They could be harboring eggs which could begin a new infestation wherever they are moved. Spiders, fleas, and especially cockroaches are often transported into a home in this way. When you’re moving from one place to another and your boxes are left outside for even a few hours on a lawn or in a garage, that can also end up being an invitation for bugs to catch a ride to your new home. The same applies to paper bags.
  2. Keep foliage near the exterior of your home trimmed and clean.
    Climbing foliage near windows or doors is an invitation for bugs and rodents to enter your home. Bushes, ivy, and trees that grow out toward or are sometimes even touching the physical exterior of your home are called “bridges” and put you at high risk for an infestation.
  3. Be mindful of how you keep trash in your home.
    Make sure that the lid to your trash bin is closed fully. Don’t place anything that could attract bugs or rodents (such as compost items like banana peels or apple cores) in trash bins that don’t have lids.
  4. Make sure you have foundation screens around the bottom exterior of your home with no greater than a quarter-inch screen gap in the screen.
    Any opening in your foundation is as good as an open door for pests to come in. It’s a common health department code that screens must be in place and have gaps no larger than one quarter-inch, which will serve to keep rodents out. However, screens with even tighter gaps are available at most hardware stores and will keep out a wider range of pests such as spiders and cockroaches.
  5. Protect openings in your attic.
    There is no more comfortable zone for rats and mice to make a home than an attic. It offers a comfortable bed of insulation in which they can nest and raise litters. The new litters will consider this area their home also, and suddenly two rats or mice can become dozens. There is a relatively short gestation period required for rodents to create new life, and in a matter of months multiple new generations can appear in your home. Check for gaps in your attic by going into the usually dark attic during the day time and looking for where light might be coming in from the world outside. This will guide you to potential entrances and keep pests out.

Using these tips will hopefully help prevent pest infestations in your home, but if you do find yourself with some uninvited visitors, you have a few options for finding a solution. Before paying for extermination services, you can try products from companies likeĀ Powderpost Beetle Control Treatments and Spray. If the problem doesn’t go away quickly, it’s best to call a professional.

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