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When it comes to creating a pest-free home, you need to keep your property clean and clutter-free and ensure that you keep on top of any maintenance issues and necessary home improvements.
From fixing faulty doors, filling in cracks in the walls, checking your waterworks, and keeping reading to discover the top six pest control tips that are guaranteed to keep your home infestation-free.
Store firewood away from your house
Although this might seem obvious, you will be surprised at how many homeowners still keep firewood in their homes despite a firewood stack being a haven for a whole host of creepy crawlies.
Instead, keep your firewood at the furthest end of your backyard and, if possible, store it off the ground.
Fix faulty doors
If there are doors in your home that do not close properly, these provide an easy access route for both flying and crawling invasions.
Ensure that you check all the doors in your home and find any issues to ensure that you have these repaired as soon as possible. You may also want to invest in bottom door seals to keep out bugs and help eliminate drafts.
Check for leaks
Many insects love water, so you must check your pipes for any problems. Make sure that you look underneath all the sinks in your home to see if there is any gapping next to the pipping and if there is, fill with some expanding foam.
If you are too late and find that your home has already succumbed to an infestation, you need to contact your local pest control services immediately.
Fill any cracks in the walls
Even brand-new homes are not immune to cracks in the brickwork, with untreated issues leading to holes big enough for a whole family of birds to nest in! Therefore, you need to check both the interior and exterior of your home for cracks, paying close attention to hidden corners such as in your closet or laundry room.
One of the most common places for cracks to go unnoticed is behind appliances, so ensure that you check these areas thoroughly.
Keep your yard clean
Although you cannot banish bugs from your backyard completely, you can limit their numbers by keeping this area of your home as clear and maintained as possible. Some of the key tasks you can carry out to limit the stay of bugs in your outdoor space include removing tree limbs, grass cuttings, and shrubs, all of which make the perfect home for insects.
Create a separate dining space for your pets
Cats and dogs are great for catching and killing pesky pests, but their food can attract many more. Reduce your risk of pet food-related invasions by creating a designated area for your pet’s food and by always placing their bowl on a plastic mat rather than directly on the floor.
Don’t forget to wash out their bowls and mat after every use.