Many homeowners go for weeks, months or even years without even being aware that there are pests in their home. Certain pests are able to live quietly and discreetly, only showing signs of their presence when they’ve caused serious damage. Others do little damage at all, and only cause problems when they begin to increase and cause an infestation in your home. As a homeowner, checking for pests and avoiding them is a big responsibility when it comes to looking after your property. We’ve listed some of the main steps to take when it comes to avoiding pests in your home.
Although there are many kinds of pests which can easily be removed on your own, for example, if you find mice or rats in your home it’s usually easy to get rid of them by setting traps. However, other pests, such as termites, can be very difficult to get rid of completely and can cause serious damage to your home, so it’s essential that you get a pest control professional who knows what they’re doing in to help. Be sure to have the number of a good pest control service to hand so that you can get them to your home sooner rather than later.
Good cleaning habits are essential for avoiding pests at home, as when you go through your home and clean it you can also look for any tell-tale signs of unwanted guests. For example, bed bugs can often be found in areas such as furniture seams or in the springs of your mattress, so thoroughly cleaning your home on a regular basis gives you a better chance of spotting pests sooner. Make sure to make checking for signs of pests a crucial part of your everyday housework routine.
Get a Pet:
Certain pests can easily be kept at bay with the addition of a pet in the home. Cats are natural hunters, and will make sure that no mouse or rat gets to enter your home without a fight. On the other hand, if you’re not a cat person, certain breeds of dog are also excellent at hunting and almost as good as a cat for keeping pests out of your home.
Avoid Pest Attractors:
Certain features in your home could actually be attracting pests more than you realize. For example, if you keep a lot of plants at home, this can certainly brighten up your rooms and help to clear the air but they also have the downside of attracting flies, bugs and other creepy crawlies into your home. Wooden fixtures and fittings in your home can attract termites, and you should always keep your household trash as far away from your home as possible as this can attract mice and rats looking for food.
There are many different pests which could invite themselves into your home, but thankfully, they don’t have to stay! These tips will help you to avoid discovering any unwanted guests living in your property. Have your own tips for avoiding pests? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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