Ways to keep your home free of pests An ounce of prevention is worth a pound (or ten) of nasty chemicals.

Pests are unfortunately a part of life — and an inconvenient one at that. They can vary from repulsive creepy-crawlies to highly destructive rodent problems costing you thousands of dollars in damage.

It’s essential to be proactive and prevent pest from taking hold in your home to begin with, but signs that you may have an infestation on your hand (and this article is too little, too late) include:

  • Droppings
  • Evidence of nests
  • Noises in the walls (larger pests, such as rodents)
  • Damage to property, such as evidence of chewing

Here are 10 ways to keep your home free of any nasties:

Store food correctly

Try to avoid leaving food out in the open as much as possible. Air-tight containers are best for any food which needs to be left on the side. Leaving food out and exposed — especially rotting soft fruits and vegetables — is an aromatic invitation for most kinds of pests.

Clean up thoroughly

This is most important for the kitchen or areas of waste, as any leftover food or surfaces which haven’t been wiped down properly can attract issues like ants. Food that has fallen beneath cabinets or the fridge can likewise fester and attract pest attention.

Also make sure you’re cleaning your bin and taking out the garbage as often as you need to ensure that waste doesn’t attract pests.

Seal the gaps and cracks

While it’s important to concentrate on the cleanliness of the main rooms of your home, you should also conduct regular checks and maintenance in areas such as attics, basements, and anywhere you suspect holes in the walls or entry points around the exterior of your home which could lure in unwanted guests.

You can implement rodent proofing in attic spaces with professionals like AtticServices, and you can also make sure that you keep any storage spaces in the home clean and tidy — as well as regularly checking the exterior of your property for damages, holes, or cracks.

Try to eat in one place

People these days aren’t too peculiar about where in the home they eat their food, but ideally you should keep it to one or two frequently cleaned rooms.

Invest in quality cleaning supplies

The right tools, like a dependable vacuum cleaner, means that you will be able to clean deeper and more thoroughly to prevent a build-up of dirt and keep soft furnishings like your bed, carpet area, or rugs bug-free.

Other improved cleaning supplies mean you can more properly wipe surfaces and maintain a clean home.

Store items properly

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If you have items you wish to store away for a while, such as out-of-season clothing or bedding, be sure to lock them away in containers with tight lids to avoid any bugs or moths making their home in your items while in storage.

It’s a good idea to use solid storage boxes like plastic rather than anything which can become damp or disintegrate, like cardboard.

Clean and fix gutters and drains

These can serve both as a breeding ground and pest superhighway into your home. Keep them clean and functioning exactly as they should.

Firewood stored outdoors can also serve as a breeding ground and jumping point to your home. Keep the pile at least 20 yards away from your home if at all possible.

Eliminate ant trails before the whole colony arrives

When you see one ant, you’re bound to run into his friends — soon! Ants leave an invisible chemical food finding trail that is very hard to wash away with ordinary products. To properly dispose of them, mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water in a spray bottle, and apply the solution on any surface visited by the enterprising ant.

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