There’s nothing worse than pulling the bread out of the breadbox to find ants crawling around inside the container. For many people, a pest filled home is their worst nightmare, and for good reason. A pest invasion could lead to home damage, contaminated food, and even illness. It’s important to take the proper steps to protect your home from these pests before they have a chance to do any damage. If you’re worried about a pest invasion in your home, here are a few prevention strategies that are worth a try.
- Get a Dog
Most people don’t realize that dogs can actually be used to sniff out pests in the home. They can even replace a traditional inspection. When looking for bed bugs, for example, a visual inspection is usually only about 40-60 percent accurate and it causes disruption to the home and furniture.
A K-9 inspection is typically 90 percent accurate. They’re non-disruptive, and can even find bed bugs inside a mattress or piece of furniture without moving anything around.
- Seal Doors and Windows
It’s tempting, especially during the hot summer months, to leave your windows open; but it’s not a good idea as far as pest control is concerned. Not only is this is a safety risk, but it’s also a wide open door for small pests, even if you have a screen.
In addition, take the time to seal cracks and other disruptions in the caulking around your windows and doors. These seals wear away over time, so it’s smart to have them repaired regularly to reduce your chances of a pest invasion.
- Have a Home Inspection
Whether or not you suspect you have a pest problem, have a licensed professional perform a home inspection at least once a year. They can look for signs of pests, as well as identify ports of entry for these annoyances. A professional can also recommend tips specific to your circumstances, in order to eliminate the problem and protect against it in the future.
- Maintain the Yard
There’s no better place for pests to congregate before they infiltrate your home than in messes around your yard. Even tall grass or a weedy garden patch can attract bugs and rodents, who will eventually try to get inside your home. If you don’t want pests to invade, don’t give them a place to live in your yard.
- Put Away Food
When you feed a stray cat, there’s no getting rid of it after that. The same principle applies with pests, though you may not purposely be providing food. But if you don’t clean up promptly after your meals, you’ll likely be that food source.
The best way to keep pests away is to hide the food. Eliminate standing water in or around your property, store food in airtight containers, and wipe away crumbs quickly. Putting food away immediately after use takes a little getting used to, but it’s worth it when you don’t see a single ant on your countertops.
- Keep a Lid on Trash
Your trashcan is often a pest’s favorite food source, and you’d be surprised how easy it is for them to get inside, especially raccoons. They’re clever creatures, and they can take the lid off your trashcan or even chew holes through rubber containers.
Winter is the worst time of year for animals getting into your trash because food is scarce. Your best line of defense is using a metal trashcan with a brick or weight on the lid so that animals can’t get in and make a mess.
Contrary to popular belief, not everybody has a pest problem, and you don’t have to either. By doing just a few of these simple, but effective strategies, you can prevent pests from ever entering your home.