Once pests get into your home or business, contacting a professional for pest control is often the only way to get rid of them. But by being proactive, you might be able to keep insects and rodents from ever finding their way into your life. A little preemptive pest defense will give you a serious head start!
Control Your Garden
When plants and mulch are too close to your home, it becomes all too easy for garden pests to make the jump to becoming household pests. Trim back any trees or shrubs so that they don’t physically touch the building — some experts recommend keeping plants a minimum of 12 inches away from your house.
Mulch can also be a problem for pest control. Wood chips and pine straw, while excellent as mulch, are also highly attractive to insects. In areas directly adjacent to your house, consider replacing mulch with gravel or pumice stone, which are much less appealing to bugs.
Focus on Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are the most common entry points for pests. Make sure all your windows and doors have screens, and check the existing screens for tears. Inspect the areas around your windows and doors to make sure you don’t have cracks or gaps where pests could get in. Caulk and foam are inexpensive options for sealing these gaps.
Keep it Clean
One of the best ways to keep pests away is to make your home less appealing. That means keeping it clean, especially the kitchen. Crumbs and food scraps attract everything from ants and cockroaches to mice and rats, so do everything you can to keep your kitchen spotless.
Some pest prevention tactics include:
- Washing your dishes as soon as possible after preparing food. (If you have a dishwasher, load it up quickly and always keep the door shut.)
- Cleaning the floor daily and dealing with spills immediately.
- Storing dry goods like snacks, cereals, and pastas in airtight plastic containers instead of the original boxes.
- Packing leftovers away as soon as possible.
- Replacing open trash cans with tight-lidded trash cans.
In addition to the inside of your home, keeping your lawn, deck, and patio clean also discourages pests. Keep these areas clear of litter, weeds and standing water. If you have bird feeders, keep them well away from your house so seeds don’t spill out onto your deck or walkway.
Fireplace Pest Defense
If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, mice, squirrels, and even birds can find their way into your home through the chimney, so make sure you shut the flue any time the fireplace is not in use.
While your fireplace may be allowing pests into your home, your firewood may be doing the same. Mice and snakes frequently nest in wood piles, not to mention spiders, termites, and all sorts of insects.
Never store wood inside your home or garage. Instead, choose a dry place well away from the main structure — dry wood is generally less attractive to insects than wet — and always check the wood for pests before you bring it inside.
A great way to get rid of pests is to never let them get in to begin with. Implementing these pest defense strategies right now will help you to avoid resorting to traps and poisons later.
When all else fails, the pros at Bain Pest Control can help. We’ve been proudly handling New England’s pest control needs the since 1926. For more information about how you can have a pest free home, contact us today!