Nothing ruins a nice summer day like a swarm of ants descending on your food. Summer is generally the season when pests like ants, mosquitoes, and cockroaches are more active. In times like this, it falls to you, the homeowner, to do some basic pest control.
Seeing a rodent like a mouse or a large rat scurry on your kitchen floor might just be one of the worst nightmares a person can have. Aside from the potential health implications of having these pests in your home, just the sheer fright of seeing one can be enough to traumatize a person.
Keep away pests from your home and enjoy your summer by doing these simple steps.
Seal all entrances
They say that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Pests can, and will, find any chance to enter your home. Cracks, gaps, and crevices, when left untreated, is an open invitation to these creatures. Small animals such as squirrels, mice, and rats are good at finding these entry points.
Inspect the exterior of your house thoroughly for cracks in the foundation, gaps between the pipes, and missing tiles. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if a gap is big enough for a pencil to fit through, then it will be big enough for a pest.
You should also look for any light creeping through crevices within your house, especially if it is within close proximity to any wires or pipes that enter your home. It is important that your house is regularly maintained. The sooner you find and fix these damages to your house, the less chance these pests can enter through them.
Store food properly
You don’t want your guests finding pests near or on their food when you host a dinner party this summer. Make sure that all food is stored in resealable containers and store them in cupboards, preferably with doors that lock.
Ants, cockroaches, and mice can easily enter cardboard boxes. Take the effort to place any open food in sealed boxes or plastic bags. Fruits and vegetables should be stored in the refrigerator to prevent them from going bad and attracting fruit flies and ants. Pet food should also be tucked away when you don’t need to feed your pets, and never leave them overnight.
Dispose of waste correctly
Pests and small animals can feast on your waste and leftovers. Disposing your waste as well as any leftover food and storing them in bins with tight lids prevents these animals from getting in the garbage.
Garbage bins should also be emptied regularly and should be stored away from entrances to put some distance between potential pests and your home. All litter and trash should be thrown away immediately so these creatures do not have the chance to take them.
Recycling containers can be helpful, but you should make sure that these are washed before being used which might attract rats or mice.
A clean home is a happy home. Finding out your home harbors pest can just add up to the stress brought on by the heat.
Doing these few simple steps can go a long way in preventing pests in your home, but if all else fails, there are always pest controlservices you can rely on.
If you feel that you have a pest problem that might be too much to handle on your own, feel free to contact them and let them do the work for you.