Bugs, who wants them? Not us! Bugs, critters, and pests, whatever we call them, are everywhere. And the place you don’t want them to show up in the most is in your home. Believe me, the place they should be is out, not in. But then again, there are times we can’t avoid having these critters. The best thing we can do to deal with these nasty critters is to make sure our house has everything it needs to stop them from getting inside.
Here are some easy and sure-fire ways to make your home pest-free.
Keep your home clean – always.
Cleanliness is next to godliness. The easiest way to maintain a pest-free home is a home that is regularly cleaned. This can’t be stressed enough since a little dirt, such as leftover food at counters or open trash can, can lead to an infestation. Your home must be spotlessly clean from the foyer to the bathroom. Every nook and cranny of your house must be cleaned from time to time.
Cleaning your home minimizes the chances of pests ever invading your home, so schedule your cleaning. It can be bi-weekly or weekly. Don’t skimp on the corners and include those hidden areas. Most of the time, pests breed there. Cleaning your home is also a chance for you to inspect your home of any infestation and prevent it from going further.
Store and keep away any food.
Food is the first thing pests keep in mind. Whether fresh or rotten, any exposed food can attract all kinds of pests. As simple as it may be, keeping your food stored in food storage, or better, in the fridge, can prevent pests from getting into your home. Fruit peelings in the trash and food residue on kitchen counters can still attract bugs and other critters. This makes your kitchen susceptible to infestation, so ensure there’s no food residue after using your kitchen.
Dispose of your garbage properly and regularly.
Proper garbage disposal is one of the key elements of a pest-free home. Critters can find their way to your trash every day, and every day they will continue to live and breed in your trash bins until you dispose of it. The best way to ensure no critters stay in your trash bins is to dispose of your trash every single day. If you don’t throw it away every day, critters can accumulate and start to spread in your house. So do remember to throw that trash outside. Again, keep it out, not in.
Use bug sprays and repellents when needed.
Seeing a bug or two can be alarming, but there’s no need to fret. Stocking on bug sprays and repellents in your home can come in handy for a small infestation that doesn’t need a lot of troubleshooting. There are many tick sprays to prevent parasites and bug repellents available online, and some can be used for more than just one kind, but all kinds of critters. But be careful when using sprays and repellents as some can lead to health hazards, so do take care when applying some to your home.
Do regular house maintenance.
A house maintenance serves a dual purpose: making sure your house is in tip-top shape and ensuring no bugs have infested it. Regular house maintenance can be done in many different ways, depending on your housing and capacity. If you don’t know where to start, here are some places in your home that may need TLC to prevent pests.
Trim your plants, trees, and bushes.
Bugs and insects mainly live on plants, especially trees. Inspect your plants and see if their branches touch your roof, gutters, or facade, as bugs can use these as bridges to enter your home. If you can’t get rid of your plants, make sure that they’re at a distance ayour house.
Seal cracks or holes.
Cracks and holes can provide easy access for pests to enter your home. Thoroughly check your home for cracks, holes, and other openings, as this can lead to a nest of bugs breeding in your home in no time.
Avoid water flooding outside your home.
Aside from food, water is the next best pest breeding ground. Stagnant water brings all kinds of pests, especially mosquitos. Ensure that your garden or backyard is free from puddles, and make sure your ground isn’t moist to avoid ants and termites.
If all else fails, call for professional help.
If you’ve done everything in your might to try and make sure your home is pest-free, yet you still failed? There’s no need to stress about it. Pests are, indeed, pests, and sometimes no matter what we do, they will infest. The best thing you can do if you fail is to call for professional help. Calling experts doesn’t mean you’re bad at keeping your house pest-free. Remember, not all bugs can be killed by repellents or sprays; sometimes, expert hands do the job better.