Pests can be an absolute nightmare, and when it reaches the point of an infestation, it can take months until you get rid of them all. Alongside being downright annoying, they can also be harmful, carrying bacteria and even causing structural damage. If you find that these creepy crawlies keep turning up unexpectedly, then keep on reading. We are going to discuss eight easy ways to pest-proof your home.
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One of the best ways to pest-proof your home is to make repairs around your windows and doors. By taking on these home improvement projects, you can reduce the number of sneaky spots where pests and insects can get in. Consider using a sealer to block off the outside world. If you frequently leave your windows open, it can also be beneficial to install a flyscreen so that you can enjoy the breeze without compromising your home.
Clean up your home
Pests are attracted more to unkempt homes, so if you find that they are turning up frequently, take this opportunity to deep clean your house. Vacuum the carpets, mop the floors, wash all the bedding, and eliminate any dust and debris. If you find any pests that are harmful along the way, make sure you get rid of them as safely as possible. If you’re not sure what to do, check out some information online, like how to get rid of brown recluse spiders.
Before you set out to accomplish any pest-proofing tasks, especially those that involve handling chemicals and cleaning products, be sure to wear protective clothing and equipment. Use gloves to protect your hands. Put on a face shield or safety glasses to keep fumes and hazardous substances at bay. Be sure to cover your arms and legs while cleaning. Complete your safety suit with slip-resistant boots.
Protect your food
Certain pests can detect food from miles away, so to prevent them from coming; it’s essential to store your groceries appropriately. By keeping everything sealed in containers and placed away in your cupboards, you are less likely to attract things such as mice and cockroaches. You might even think about putting some traps or baits near your food areas so that they can get stopped before it’s too late.
Eliminate moisture spots
Many bugs and insects thrive in damp environments, so you can reduce their appearance by eliminating them. Bathrooms and basements are the most prone areas, so take extra care to seal them well. If you suspect any leaks, call the assistance of a plumber straight away. The earlier you get on top of an issue, the less likely an infestation will occur. Don’t forget to check out your ceiling too! Small holes might seem unimportant, but you would be surprised at what can fit through.
Maintain your garden
The garden is a place where the most dangerous pests can be found, so it’s important that you take the time to maintain it as well. Snakes, spiders, and other creepy crawlies can all be lurking in the undergrowth, so mow your grass regularly, reinforce the fences and weed any garden beds that are looking overgrown. If you want to use any chemicals, you might think about creating a DIY non-toxic pesticide to save your plants without using anything harmful. When out in your yard, it’s also important to wear the right equipment such as gloves and boots. A bite from one of these creatures can be fatal.
Purchase some simple traps
Killing pests such as mice can be a bad idea, as their bodies can attract even more insects and promote bacteria growth. Instead of using harmful methods, considering using simple traps that are also reusable. You just need to make sure that you check them regularly. Once you have caught something, you can either take it to your local vet clinic or consider releasing it away from your home.
Tidy up after your pets
If you have pets of your own, you probably know how messy they can be. Their left-over food can be a haven for pests, so make sure you tidy up after them as much as possible. Using a rubber mat underneath their food bowl is a great choice, as it is easy to clean and remove. If you are worried about ants, consider placing their bowl in a larger one that is filled with water so that they can’t get across.
When it comes to cleaning up after they use the toilet, it can be wise to train them only to go in a particular area. This way, you won’t miss anything, and your yard won’t be as damaged.
Create your own repellents
Finally, another way to pest-proof your home is to consider creating your own repellents such as this homemade bug spray. Most of them are made from natural ingredients, which means they are safe for both your family and any of your pets. On top of this, it can even save you money too.
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