With winters on the door, everyone heads to the indoors to enjoy the warmth of a fireplace. Not only humans, pests and other creatures also need comfort and warmth to survive the cold weather and often end up infesting the residential premises. Since pests are disease carriers and harmful to some extent, it’s advised to get them removed as soon as possible.
Here are some tips you can follow to keep insects out of your home:
1. Store Food in Plastic Containers
If you’ve got food or other edible objects lying around your house, take them out of whatever cardboard or paper containers they came in, and store them in plastic ones instead. Plastic is not only tougher to chew through and live in, but the right kinds will also help your food retain its freshness for longer periods of time.
2. Seal your Garbage Bins
Garbage bins and trash bags are a treasure trove pests and wild animals like the raccoon and rats, which often tear into piles of garbage left outside to pick food. Discourage such behavior by storing your garbage in air tight garbage bins and keep the trash bags in sealed garbage cans.
3. Install Mesh Screens
If you live in a home that uses mesh screens on windows and doors, ensure that they’re structurally sound and well maintained, meaning, no holes, tears, or gaps. This will prevent pests from crawling into your home through windows while ensuring your home gets the ventilation it needs.
4. Seal the Wall Cracks
Seal up any cracks, gaps, or holes in the walls outside your house. Even holes as small as a quarter are big enough for mice to get through, and more than big enough to allow insects like roaches and termites to get in. You can seal small cracks with caulk, but for larger ones you should get a contractor to assess and repair the damage.
5. Keep your house clean
Cluttered homes are the perfect homes for pests. The more furniture, junk, and trash, and other assorted goods just lying around your house, the more hiding spaces for bugs and small animals there are. Keeping things neat not only improves the look and feel of your home, but also serves to reduce the number of potential hiding spots, forcing pests to look elsewhere for lodging.
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The best thing about these tips is that they work all year round, not just winter, and they’re quite easy to follow. If done correctly, you’ll never have a problem with pests.
If you’re still having problems despite following the above steps, contact us and we’ll help solve your problem.