No one likes to think of all sorts of creepy crawlies, and rodents, invading their home, their sanctuary. If you have already had your home treated, you need to take steps to maintain this pest-free environment. If you have yet to call in the pros, and you want to address the problem on your own first, it is especially important you apply some strategies with consistency. Here are just a few ways to keep pest problems under wraps.
Clean and Dry is the Name of the Game
This simple tip can go a long way in creating an inhospitable environment for all manner of pests. Food and water are a big draw, so keeping things clean and dry can minimize the appeal factor of your home. This tip sounds simple and obvious enough, but it is easy to drop the ball here, and sometimes we forget to employ the simplest strategies because they are so simple.
Spills should be cleaned immediately with soap and water. Garbage should be taken out daily and clean cans of any food residue. Ripe fruit should be refrigerated, and food and beverage containers tightly sealed. If you can’t get to dishes right away, submerge them in soapy water. Sweep and vacuum the floor on the regular.
Seal it Up
Make sure possible points of entry are sealed up nice and tight. Many pests can squeeze in through very small spaces so you are not just on the lookout for gaping holes and what have you—a mouse for instance can makes its way into your house through a hole as small as a dime. Take some caulk to moldings, baseboards, ducts, pipes, sinks, electrical outlets, cupboards and toilets. Heating and cooling vents should have screen placed in front of them. Patch up holes in screens.
If denying access and food is not quite enough, there are some other options to explore to further protect your home. There are a variety of traps you can lay such as light traps, pheromone traps, fly traps and jar traps. Boric acid poisons ants, cockroaches, silverfish and other crawling insects, but is less toxic to humans and mammals. Dusting it on cracks and crevices, but do your best to avoid areas where you or a pet may come into contact with it. Tamper-resistant bait boxes are great alternatives to powders, pellets and sprays—look for ones that contain non-volatile substances like boric acid. Make sure they stay out of the reach of children. You can also get in touch with a pest control company to inquire about low-toxicity products to manage your pest control issues.
If you do use pesticides, you must take the proper precautions to limit exposure. Follow instructions regarding the application rate, and heed all precautions given, such as wearing gloves. Check with your public works department regarding proper disposal.
Keeping pests at bay is actually a lot easier than it seems if we simply commit to following the tips given consistently.