There’s nothing more frustrating than having your home be infested with pests. Of course, we aren’t just talking about indoors, but rather your entire property. From annoying mosquitoes to disgusting bed bugs to mischievous mice, you can avoid a lot of trouble by taking advantage of these seven pest management tips.
Remove Standing Bodies of Water
As cute or fashionable as that bird bath in your backyard can be, even a very tiny body of water like that can be a breeding ground for bugs – especially mosquitoes, whose eggs can survive months waiting for even the smallest amount of moisture to grow and hatch. Considering the disease and danger mosquitoes can cause, the last thing you want is an entire population of them in your yard.
It doesn’t take much for ticks to cross into your yard, especially if you live near a wooded area or have neighboring plant life or shrubbery hanging over into your yard. But ticks enjoy cooler areas away from the hot sun. By keeping your grass cut short, you’re creating a hot and dry environment that ticks don’t enjoy. Mulch beds can be attractive to mice and chipmunks, which are vectors for ticks. Stones would be better.
Secure Outdoor Trash and Food
This is especially important if your pets are outdoor animals. Leaving their food out in bowls all day attracts pests – everything from bugs to mice and raccoons – and will have them hanging around your home waiting for their next meal. The same goes for trash that might be exposed or only kept in plastic bags. Instead, give your pets food indoors, and keep trash containers away from the house in a secure, hard container like a plastic or metal barrel.
Do Your Chores
Your mom didn’t just want you to do the dishes and sweep the floor to build discipline. Leaving unwashed dishes in the sink releases odors long before you can smell them. That’s essentially a giant red alert for critters of all kinds – especially ants – to come feast and bring a hundred (or thousand) of their closest friends and family. Plus, it’s important to sweep and wash the floors, even if you’ve only dropped teeny, tiny crumbs that no one will notice. Mice, for example, can live on just a few tiny morsels of food per day, so several crumbs is a smorgasbord. And if that’s a feast for a mouse, imagine how much food those crumbs are for something as tiny as an ant?
Close the Cracks
Take some time to examine your home – especially the foundation and anywhere service wires or poles enter your home. Often, the foundation might have tiny cracks inside that don’t pose a structural issue, but could be an open gate for tiny pests looking for food or shelter. Additionally, the holes drilled or cut into your home for wires and other external devices, while small, are usually plenty big enough for mice, bats, birds, and other creatures to enter. Sealing them with steel wool and/or caulking should prevent critters from entering.
It’s never too early to call a professional pest management company to take care of your home pest prevention and management needs.
At Bain Pest Control, we’ve got the experience of working throughout New England for over 90 years, helping people reclaim their homes and businesses from unwanted and troublesome pests.
And with our protection plans, we’ll come out multiple times per year to make sure your home is ready for the upcoming pest season – and if there’s still an issue in between scheduled service trips, we’ll come out and take care of the problem for no cost.
Contact us today to get a quote and manage the pests in your home.