How to Prevent Pests at Home at Little to No Cost to You
Updated: Aug 1, 2019
Is your property being invaded by pests like ants, spiders, cockroaches or rodents? You’re not alone. In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to worry about unwanted pests making their way into your home but there are a few things you could do to uninvited them.
Just like humans, pests need three critical elements to survive: food, water and shelter. The following simple and effective tips can help you protect your family’s health and safety from these annoying pests:
Starve Them Out
Pest will eat just about anything they can find, but they might leave you alone if they don’t have easy access to food:
Roaches, rice weevils and red flour beetles love to find their way into your pantry and climb into boxes and bags with ease. Make it harder for them by tightly sealing up boxes and bags of food.
Store open food in plastic bags or containers, such as cereal, flour and sugar.
Clean up spills and leftover crumbs.
Limit walking around the house while eating to avoid spreading hard to notice crumbs. It’s best to eat meals and snacks at a table.
Rinse off and clean dirty dishes right away. Pests love left overs.
Keep a tight lid on trash and empty it often. It may be trash to you but pests see it as a buffet.
If you have pets, don’t leave pet food out overnight.
Dry Them Out
Although roaches can live up to a month without food, without water roaches can die in a week’s time:
Always drain dish water from a sink. Roaches can swim; a sink full of water might become the site of a roach pool party!
Wipe water and other spilled liquids off the counter as soon as possible. Puddles are pest magnet.
Fix leaky faucets, radiators, dishwashers and washing machines. If you rent your property, let the building manager know.
Empty excess water in flower pots and plant stands. A single drop of water can be all a roach needs to feel satisfied.
Keep Them Out
By keeping roaches and rodents out of your home, you can prevent them from ever becoming a problem. Rodents spend most of their lives hiding. They love cracks and can squeeze just about anywhere.
Seal cracks and openings along baseboards, behind sinks and around pipes and windows.
Repair holes in door and window screens to prevent insects and other pests from entering your home.
Check boxes and bags for roaches before bringing them into your home.
Clean up clutter, including stacks of newspaper, paper bags and cardboard boxes that could become hiding spots for pests.
Set traps to control rats and mice. If you use baits, make sure they are in a tamper-resistant bait station and place in an area where children and pets can’t access them.
Play it safe by following these simple tips. If pests are still making their way into your home despite all your efforts to keep them out, it’s time to Trust the Professionals and give us a call. Our highly trained pest control technicians will assess the problem pests and devise a comprehensive solution to reduce and even eliminate any unwanted pests. Request a free quote here.