Nobody likes having pests in their home, but the need to keep them out becomes even greater when you have children. Along with being annoying and irritable, many pests are also very unhygienic, creating a dirty home setting that simply isn’t ideal for any family. In addition, pests such as termites, which eat through wood, can be very damaging to the structure of your home and can even make it dangerous to live in over time. Whether you’re moving into a new family home or want to ensure that your current house is as well protected from pest infestations as possible, here are our top tips on keeping them away.
Tip #1. Check Regularly:
Even the cleanest and most well-maintained homes can become a breeding ground for pests; don’t think that in order to suffer with a pest infestation in your home, you have to keep it untidy and unclean. Pests such as termites, for example, don’t care how clean or dirty your home is – especially if it is mainly constructed using wood, since this is the main thing that they are after. Regularly check your home for any telltale signs of a pest infestation. These could manifest themselves in several different ways – for example, termite infestations tend to be characterized by discarded wings or damage to wood underneath floors. If you think that pests have gotten into your home, you should call termite and pest control services immediately.
Tip #2. Keep Your Kitchen Clean:
Whilst the condition and cleanliness of your home doesn’t matter to certain pests, to others, a dirty kitchen will simply invite them in. For example, keeping food that is going past its sell by date or letting dirty dishes stack up can attract pests such as rodents. When possible, it’s a good idea to buy food that is in jars or cans, since these are tightly sealed and won’t attract any pests since they will be unable to smell the food inside. Keeping as much food as you can in the refrigerator or freezer is also ideal since these appliances are harder for pests to make their way inside.
Tip #3. Deal with Moisture:
There are many reasons why moisture could be gathering in your home; if you have a basement, for example, then bad weather could allow water in, which could quickly become a prime breeding ground for pests. Make sure that you inspect your home regularly for any signs of damp in the walls or floors; this will not only cause damage to the structure of your home and affect your health if left unattended, but can also attract pests such as termites, which need moist conditions to breed and thrive. In addition, you should also pay attention to the outside of your home – leaving standing water close to the home, for example, can attract certain pests and insects quickly. Keeping everywhere as dry and clean as possible will help you to keep pests at bay.
How do you avoid attracting pests into your home? Let us know in the comments.