How To Keep Your Home Bug-Free

July 25th, 2022 by

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It can happen to anyone. You step into the kitchen one evening, switch on the lights, and for just a moment, you spot something scurrying across the floor. If you want to keep pests from invading your home, consider these expert home pest control tips.

Don’t Give Bugs What They Want

It makes sense to any homeowner to make their house as inviting as possible, but there are some visitors that shouldn’t get too comfortable. Pests typically enter your home in search of three things: food, water, and shelter. They might also be prompted to come indoors if the weather turns harsh, but there are steps you can take to avoid attracting them to your home in the first place. Don’t leave food and water in reach of crawling creatures, and remember to put away your pet bowls at night. You can also eliminate hiding places like stacks of clutter or garbage. You might want to replace any cardboard boxes you use for storage as well, since they make ideal nests. Sealable plastic bins are much harder to infiltrate.

Dry Them Out

A moist, secluded space exactly the sort of hiding spot pests seek out, so you can make your home less appealing by eliminating moisture in the air. Inspect moisture-prone places around your home like the basement, crawlspaces, and attic to see if they get enough ventilation. If not, it might help to bring in a dehumidifier to dry out the air and drive out the pests.

Guard Your Yard

Protecting your house from pests actually starts outside the home. If the yard and garden around your house is a safe haven for pests, there’s a much higher chance that they’ll eventually make their way inside. That’s why mowing the grass to keep it short helps with much more than curb appeal, as it makes it harder for pests to hide outside your home. You can clear out other hiding spots by removing piles of leaves and limbs from your yard, and by keeping the outdoor space clear of clutter and junk. Take a look at the trees around your home as well. If any limbs touch your home, they could create “bug bridges,” so they’ll need to be cut back.

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