Insect problems are one home maintenance issue that requires multiple approaches to keep under control. The good thing is that most strategies are easy to implement.
The first thing you need to do is identify all of the insects that are inhabiting your home. Remember to also check outdoors, since most pest problems begin there.
Our professional inspections can help you find hidden problems so that you use the most effective solutions for your pest problem.
Solutions to Keep Pests Away
Check Your Outdoor Storage
Many homeowners store firewood outdoors. For insects, this can be a natural place to hide and make nests. Ideally, firewood needs to be stored as far away from your home as possible. Aim for at least 20 feet from the exterior walls to keep pests from migrating to your home.
Look for Gaps Around Every Entrance
The seals around the windows and doors of your home are easy to check for gaps. You can feel for drafts or look for areas where light shines through. If air or light can get in, then you can bet that an insect can, too. It is also a good idea to check around pipes and electrical lines that enter your home. These can usually be sealed with caulk to further eliminate potential entry points.
Watch What You Bring Into Your Home
Houseguests are fun, but they can unknowingly bring along bed bugs. The same thing can be said of secondhand items that come from other people’s homes. Cockroaches can sometimes live in appliances, and they’re known for hitching rides in boxes you bring into your home.
If you do decide to bring an old couch or microwave into your house, make sure to inspect it thoroughly. Enjoy having your houseguests. Just make sure to keep an eye out for bed bug signs after they leave. Pest treatments work better if the problem is found early.
Spring cleaning is a great way to hit two goals at once. As you clean, try to focus on areas where insects might hide. Getting rid of old boxes, piles of clothing and paper stacks is a well-known way to make your home less attractive to pests.
Get Rid of Food Residue
Keeping trash cans covered and crumbs swept up are general good practices to follow. You can make this even more effective by cleaning areas where tiny bits of food accumulate. Food left in the sink drains can become a breeding ground for flies. Soda and other debris left in recyclable containers can also be enough to attract pests. Cleaning and rinsing any areas that food comes in contact with helps to keep pests from finding an easy meal.
It might be easy to ignore only one little bug or two. Unfortunately, this can lead to big problems. Some insects, such as ants, send out scouts. That one little ant could head out and bring back many more from their colony.
Spiders are technically helpful for insect control, but a single spider can lay hundreds of eggs. This can turn into a major infestation very fast. If you spot an insect, make sure to address it. Spraying only takes a few minutes, and it saves you a lot of headaches right away.
Pest control can sometimes feel like a never-ending battle, but it doesn’t have to be. Most insect problems end quickly after the initial treatment. Then, keep using the solutions that work and arrange for seasonal spraying to keep your home pest-free.
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