Whether you live in a big city or rural area, you have probably seen some of your home being taken up by pests. Pests not only make your home look bad, but they can also be unhealthy and spread diseases to people in your home. However, if you’ve ever dealt with pests in your home, then you don’t have to be a scientist to see why insect prevention is important. Here are 7 ways to prevent insects from invading your home.
1. Seal Cracks and Openings Outside Your Home
Insects like to enter through cracks and crevices in the walls, so seal them off with caulk or weatherproofing foam. Use a caulking gun to apply the sealant to any gaps between windowsills and the exterior walls of your home.
Make sure you get all of the cracks around doors and windows, as well as around plumbing vents and utility pipes.
2. Clean Up Your Yard
Insects are drawn to piles of trash and food scraps, so make sure you’re not leaving these things lying around for them to feast on. If you have an outdoor pet, make sure he or she stays on a schedule to be fed, so there’s no food residue in the yard.
3. Get Rid of Standing Water
Some insects such as mosquitoes thrive in standing water. This is because they lay their eggs in it so that their larvae can develop in it.
To prevent this from happening, you should get rid of all standing water around your home. The best way to do this is by using a wet/dry vacuum or a mop with a hose attachment to suck up any excess water on the ground.
4. Keep a Clean Kitchen
Keep a clean kitchen. Insects love crumbs and grease. Clean up spills and wipe down counters to get rid of food particles that can attract bugs.
Always check food containers before you open them. If you see any signs of insect infestation — like webs or larvae — throw out the food immediately.
5. Regularly Vacuum & Wipe Down Surfaces
Vacuuming is the best way to keep insects out of your space. Vacuuming won’t kill them, but it will remove any eggs and larvae that may be lurking in carpeted areas and upholstery.
It’s also important to wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth or spray them with diluted bleach solution (1 part bleach and 4 parts water). This will help kill any critters that might be hiding in cracks or crevices.
6. Install Window Screens
Window screens are an essential part of pest control because they prevent bugs from entering your home through windows and doors. They should be checked regularly for tears and other damage, because once insects get inside your home, they can be very difficult to get rid of.
You should also install door sweeps on exterior doors so that insects don’t have access to your house from the outside world.
7. Call in the Professionals!
There are many types of pests that can infest your home and they’re not all easy to get rid of on your own. Pest control companies have the experience and tools necessary to treat any pest problem that comes along.
If you are looking for effective and fast solutions to your pest problems, give Abracadabra Lawn Pest & Weed Control a call. We have years of experience and a wide range of services to address any pest concern.