Pests are unwelcome visitors to any home. Cockroaches, mosquitoes, termites, rodents, ants and spiders do more than scare the family away; they cause damage to property and spread infections.
Instead of waiting to take defensive action against pests already inside of your home, it’s time to take offense against these unwelcome visitors. The best way to get rid of pests is to call a professional pest control service. Whether it’s a termite pest control or a residential mosquito barrier control service, you’ll need a pro to deal with the problem.
But before you book your local pest control professionals, here are some DIY suggestions and tips to ward off pests and keep your house clean and free from infection.
DIY Pest Control Tricks and Tips
Seal Up Your Doors and Windows
Pests wiggle through tiny gaps and cracks, so it helps to regularly check and repair any broken or warped windows or doors, as well as those that don’t fitted. If there are tears or rips in your screen, repair them ASAP. Use a screen mesh that has at least 200 holes per square inch. You can find these at your local hardware store.
Dispose of Trash and Litter Properly
Household garbage is a house special for pests but so is yard waste. Pests can see yard garbage as a food source, a nest or both. They’re the culprits behind the mess in the garden, one you may have already cleaned up the night before.
Instead of dealing with trash in the morning, make sure all of your waste bins are fit with tight lids. Clean the garbage cans and the area where your bins sit regularly to remove the spills and debris on which pests can feed. Also, keep decks, yards, patios and garages free of standing water, leaf litter and plant clippings – anything that can make the best environment for nesting.
Do Not Allow Water to Stand
Pests like mosquitoes thrive in stagnant water. Clean all areas of your house and get the drains running outside your home cleaned to keep your water from being dirty and stagnant. Also, keep the buckets in your bathroom dry when you’re not using them. The same applies to your kitchen utensils.
If your air conditioning unit eliminates water, don’t let the water collect in a vessel. Instead, look for an alternative. Switch from vessel to a pipe that carries the water out before it pools at the bottom of your AC unit. If you choose to keep the vessel, empty it out and clean it every day. Make sure that there is no stagnant anywhere near or in your home.
Rinse Your Recyclables
Similar to regular trash, it’s best to store recyclables in a bin with a tight-fitting lid. Some municipalities, however, provide their residents with recyclable bins. If this is your case, always rinse your recyclables from food before putting your bottles, paper and other recyclables. Taking the time to do this keeps your bin pest-free.
Dispose of the Items You Don’t Need
A crucial pest control tip is to de-clutter your home. If you have belongings in the house that are gathering dust, clothes you no longer use or toys your kids have outgrown, dispose of them. These items serve as a cozy home for germs and insects.
You can sell, throw or donate old things, including shoes, torn luggage, plastic bags and old baby strollers. If you’re having a hard time deciding whether to throw something or not, ask yourself: “Am I going to use these in the next three months?” If the answer is no, throw them out.
Keep the Kitchen and Bathroom Clean
Kitchens and bathrooms are often damp and dirty due to their function.
To avoid pest infestation in the kitchen, keep the stove-top, racks, kitchen counters and drawers clean. Always wipe them with a disinfectant cleaner. If food particles are lying around the floor, you’re giving the pests more reasons to stay in your kitchen. If you spilled your expensive Starbucks drink, wipe it off immediately! This tip will not only reduce but also eliminate your pest infestation problem.
As for your bathroom, make sure it’s always dry and clean. Use a toilet cleaner every other day. Also, don’t forget to wash the sink at least once a week with your favorite bathroom cleaner. And keep your shower curtain dry to prevent mildew and moss.
Finally, keep your drain free from soap particles and clogged hair. These small measures will keep your bathroom cleaner and free from pests for a longer time.
Pests are regular yet unwelcome visitors in any home. Fortunately, you can remove them from your house with a few simple steps. Apply these suggestions before you call your local pest removal professionals.
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