Solved! What’s the best way to prevent pest infestation?


Q: ants, spiders and bugs, oh my! Every year I seem to have trouble keeping bugs out of my house and garage. What is the best way to prevent a pest infestation?

A: Pests are stubborn creatures that don’t seem to care how much they disrupt our lives. After all, they are only looking for accessible food sources. Pest infestation is frustrating and can be a challenge to get rid of once it’s firmly entrenched in your home. Prevention is the best step, so you are on the right track with your question, “What is the best way to prevent pest infestation?”.

Keeping a clean house is a crucial way to prevent creatures from nesting in your home. You are food driven. So if crumbs or hiding spots aren’t easy to find, they won’t be interested in staying around. This also applies to the immediate vicinity of your home. Whether it’s rubble or an unkempt garden, a messy exterior is the fastest way to initiate a pest infestation. Making sure your home is properly sealed can also keep pests from entering. While these are all great prevention ideas, the most reliable way to prevent a pest infestation is by using a reputable pest control company. These professionals can help you identify the problem areas and tailor a solution for your home.

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Identify and block potential entry points.

Some pest infestations can be greatly reduced by installing screens on all open windows. You can enjoy the breeze without the swarm of bugs around the house. If you have window grilles, make sure they sit properly in the window frame so that bugs cannot crawl into the edges. Any cracks or holes in your foundation, roof, or near ventilation openings should be repaired and sealed to prevent bugs from climbing in and building a nest. Check the areas around all the plumbing in your house and seal any visible gaps to keep bugs or rodents from sneaking in.

Clean your home regularly and keep track of maintenance work.

Rotting wood attracts pests that can destroy the structural integrity of your home. If you see signs of pest infestation in the wood, call professionals to get rid of them and repair the damaged wood. Leaking pipes are also a great attractant for pests like ants, rodents, and cockroaches. Repair leaks as soon as they are discovered. Wash basins and drains should be cleaned regularly so as not to become breeding grounds for small flies. Use a commercially available or DIY drain cleaner. Additionally, one of the best ways to make your home unattractive to insects is by keeping your home clean and free of crumbs. Sweep up any cobwebs that pop up inside and outside the home to prevent spiders from nesting and laying eggs.

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Keep your garden clean and prune any shrubs or trees.

Insects and rodents love piles of rubble of all kinds, with plenty of shade and food in them. Wood piles and piles of scrap should be removed from the house. Pruning the grass around the foundation will make the area less attractive as shorter grass will leave less room to hide. Trees and shrubs hanging over a roof should be pruned as they become a highway for bugs and rodents that can fall on the house. If mosquitoes are a problem, clean up any puddles with standing water.

Store food and dispose of garbage properly.

Unsealed foods produce odors that attract insects and rodents, who survive just to eat and live another day. Make sure all food is tightly packed or sealed in food containers to prevent pests from being attracted to a simple food source. Occasionally clean your pantry shelves to make sure they’re free of crumbs. Rotting garbage smells attract most pests, so be sure to clean your garbage cans both indoors and outdoors regularly.

Contact a pest control professional for one-on-one advice.

One of the best home pest control strategies is to hire a pest controller to assess the infestation of your home and develop a preventative plan. Most companies are able to get rid of rodents, bed bugs, spiders, cockroaches, ants, or any other insect native to your area. They may even suggest using an electronic insect repellent like Pest Offense. With a team of professionals and a little care and maintenance, you can have a pest-free home year round.

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