No one enjoys dealing with the many pests that can invade your home or garden. Toxic chemicals are not necessary to protect your home from spiders, mice, stinkbugs, other nuisances. The best way to deal with pest control is to keep them out in the first place. There are many tricks that are quick, easy, and can save you money.
Ways to Control Pests
Here are seven ways to help control pest problems without having to resort to poisons. These preventative measures help stop problems before they begin.
Sticky traps: Setting out these cheap glue traps doesn’t take long and can capture many insect intruders. They help stop anything that crawls. Some are even strong enough to catch mice.
Sealant: Many creeper crawlers are able to enter your home through tiny holes you didn’t even know existed. Silicone caulk may be your saving grace. Some places to pay attention to include window and door frames, anywhere pipes enter or leave your home, external dryer vents and places where wires and cables enter or exit the home. Sealing up these entry points also makes your home less drafty and make your home more efficient.
Door sweep: Many doors have gaps at the bottom. This provides another entry point to your home that you cannot necessarily seal with caulk. Door sweeps blocks this gap. Some stick to the door with a simple adhesive strip while others might require some minor drilling
Faucet leaks: Did you know that that leaky faucet you have been meaning to fix may have been supporting the insect community in your home? Insects need water to survive. That drippy faucet may be their only source. Fixing these minor issues may be easier than you realize. Not only will fixing your sink provide some pest control it can also save you money and is good for the environment.
Kitchen cleanliness: Food crumbs and dirty dishes provide feasts for insects and other pests. It doesn’t take long to maintain a clean kitchen. It just requires building better habits. Wipe your countertops down with white vinegar. This will help destroy scent trails left behind by foraging insects. Put food away in sealed containers. Keep the floor swept and mopped. Keep your dirty dishes out of the sink and empty the garbage regularly.
Vacuum: Keeping your home clean deters insects from entering your home and gets rid of the ones that have made it past all your defenses. Start a routine where you vacuum your home on a weekly basis. You can suck up any crawling insects that have snuck in.
Avoid clutter: Add to the list of new habits, a quick cleanup session at least once a week. Straightening your home will give you peace of mind and remove any nice, dark hiding places insects might enjoy. Don’t let things pile up in corners. Get rid of junk mail and old newspapers. Remove those piles of clothes and put them in the hamper or have a laundry day.
Occasionally, despite all your efforts, you might have a critter get into your home. This is where pest removal services come in handy. This is especially true when you are dealing with wild animals like squirrels, chipmunks, skunks, and mice. Sometimes hiring a professional is your best course of action. Rodents can do a lot of damage if left unmanaged.
Pests in your home can be frustrating and make you feel gross. Take the time to seal your home. There are many preventative measures that help deter the entrance of insects and other critters. Keep your home clean and tidy. If all else fails, call in the professionals.