A large beautiful home can lose its appeal as soon as pests move in. Although it might be easier to keep pests outside your house if you live in a single family home versus a townhouse or row house, no house is designed to keep all pests out.
You don’t have to live with pests at home
But, just because you might live in a house that’s connected to a neighbor’s home or because you might live in a house that has seen its share of pests, that also doesn’t meant that you have to live with pests. The first step to a pests free house is to identify where pests are getting inside your house.
Seal these entryways. Then, treat these entryways with an effective bug repellent. If this step doesn’t keep pests out of your home, contact a professional exterminator. An exterminator generally has studied, seen and dealt with a variety of pests. She knows how to spot a nests.
Other actions that you can take to treat yourself to a pests free house include reviewing your daily habits. See if you or your family members are engaging in one or more of these five pests inviting habits:
- Leaving food on kitchen counters, living room tables and other furniture pieces
- Eating in the living room, bedroom or den and dropping crumbs on the floor
- Storing fruit and vegetables openly on counters (this action can invite fruit flies and other pests that feast on fruit or vegetables)
- Opening house windows and leaving the windows up, even if there are tears or cracks in windows or screens
- Not washing dishes, pots and pans after you finish cooking and dining
By leaving food on counters overnight, you could also invite pests inside your house. The same applies to leaving dirty pots and pans in a dishwasher over night.
Clean house can equal a pests free home
Before you head to bed at night, get in the habit of sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor. If you ate in the dining room, clean the floor in this room as well. Regarding floors, make sure that you vacuum your carpet at least once a week.
Carpets are great places that hide crumbs. You may not see the crumbs, but pests know where the crumbs are. If you have pets, clean your pets. When it’s warm outside, check your pets for fleas, ticks and other pests before your pets come inside your house.
Spot your pets scratching more than normal? Wash and treat your pets for pests. Check with your veterinarian to make sure that treatments that you use are safe for your pet. But, don’t just clean your pets and your house, teach your children how to clean up after themselves.
It’s also a good habit to teach children to limit their eating and drinking to the kitchen and dining room. To enjoy a pests free house, you’ll also want to keep your home dry. This includes wiping down kitchen and bathroom counters after they get wet.