Pests creeping into your home can cause health problems, and no one wants their living space to be infested with these unwelcome guests. If you want pests to take a permanent vacation, make sure to follow these rules.
Your trash can is a magnet for bugs. That’s why you should keep your trash in a sealed trash can that isn’t on your floor. All the food you throw away is an easy target for pests, so it’s best to make sure they can’t get to that food easily. It’s also important to keep your kitchen and eating areas clean. Wipe down counters and cabinets, and don’t leave food out in the open. Even a thin film of grime or grease is an invitation for pests to visit.
It’s true that your main trash can or dumpster holds all of your trash. However, it doesn’t mean that you should allow it to remain filthy. Neglecting to clean your dumpster will leave a scent and residue that will attract pests. Clean your dumpster regularly to avoid bugs and bacteria that can grow from leftover food.
Don’t Ignore Fabrics
Pests don’t just make their homes on hard surfaces. They like fabrics, especially if any food crumbs are left behind. It’s important to vacuum and clean your rugs, carpet, and couches just like you would any other part of your home. Your bedroom sheets also need to be washed regularly to keep bed bugs away. If you believe you may already have carpet beetles or bed bugs, the sooner you act, the easier the pest removal process will be. Waiting allows the pests to breed and spread throughout your home.
Paper and boxes that are left sitting on floors or surfaces offer hiding places for pests. It’s important to recycle unwanted papers and keep cardboard boxes neat and folded in one area. Roaches love to use them as hideouts, and you may not even know they are lurking since they are nocturnal pests. Clearing clutter will also make it easier for you to wipe down counters and vacuum floors.
Cut Off Entrances
Check the outside of your home and make sure you don’t need to close off entrances that pests can sneak through. Caulk around entrances and paint over areas where paint has chipped. This will make it harder for rodents and pests to find an entry point to your house.
It’s not impossible to live pest-free. Just make sure you store away food, keep your home clean, wash your sheets and vacuum, remove clutter, and prevent pests from getting in in the first place. Follow the steps above to ensure your home isn’t a welcoming environment for bugs.
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