Your home is supposed to be your space where you and your family can rest and relax. While you might share it on occasion with guests, friends, and relatives visiting from elsewhere, you don’t want to share it with bugs and critters. Pests and rodents can disrupt your peace of mind, but they can also destroy your home and bring disease and illness in. Keeping them out is possible with the right tips, however.
Seal Your Home
Look for ways that pests and other unwanted critters might get into your home, including bugs. Store firewood away from your home’s exterior, seal up the borders of doors, windows and deal with any cracks or holes in the walls or foundation of your home. Remove or trim back any branches or brush in physical contact with your walls or roof, so rodents can’t have an easy path to the top of your home. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. Think about adding a birdbath and feeder to your yard to attract wildlife that dines on bugs before they enter your home.
Seal Your Food
All living things need a source of food, and you don’t need to leave cheese and snack platters on the countertop to make your home inviting to pests with appetites. Even a few crumbs can be a meal for many critters. Make sure everyone cleans up after themselves when they eat. Store leftover or unused food in airtight containers when not in use. Keep plates and dishes clean, and store trash in a container with a lid. Rinse recyclables out before putting them in your outside bin.
Seal Your Pipes
In addition to sources of food, many pests, bugs, and critters are just looking for sources of water to survive on. Dripping faucets and leaky pipes might not produce what looks like a lot of water to you, but they can be a fountain of refreshment to beings much smaller than yourself. Prevent moist areas from forming anywhere you can, including possibly dehumidifying your basement and bathrooms, in order to keep your home less alluring to living things you don’t want around.
In conclusion, sometimes, you might need a pest control service in order to keep your home free of bugs and critters. Still, there are quite a few things you can do on your own to maintain control over who or what has access to your home.