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Daily Pest Prevention Ideas

 

Pest control is really important. Wasp control is inevitable, whether you've just seen an anthill in your backyard or a wasp nest over your front door. So how do you handle this problem?

 

As a matter of fact, it's impossible to totally pest-proof your home. Some pests will find ways to access your home, one way or another. However, you can make it very difficult for them. Take some time and you'll significantly reduce the chances of a serious pest infestation.

 

Indoor jobs

 

Regularly dispose of garbage in a closed trash bin.

 

Keep your kitchen clean by wiping countertops and sweeping the floor to remove spill residue and crumbs. Also, keep food in well-sealed containers and ripe fruit in a fridge.

 

Vacuum your house at least once per week.

 

Clean bowls for pets and wipe any food/water spills around them immediately. Store pet food in sealed plastic containers instead of paper bags they usually come in. For more info about pest control, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pest_control.

 

Consult with your veterinarian about preventative cat and dog treatment to help keep ticks and fleas at bay.

 

Routinely check for areas with moisture under sinks and fix any leaky pipes. Use a dehumidifier in wet basements, attics or crawl spaces.

 

Outdoor tasks

 

Spend some time inspecting your property's exterior for simple access points and pay special attention to where utility pipes get into your home. Using silicone-based caulk, seal all tiny cracks and crevices. For larger holes and gaps, use steel wool as the rough steel fibers often deter pests.

 

Look for any signs of damage by termites, like soft wood that seems hollow when tapped, mud tubes, or bubbling/cracked paint.

 

Carry out proper landscaping by ensuring that your grass is cut low and that shrubbery, tree branches as well as other vegetation is trimmed well and away from your home.

 

Clean out leaves as well as other gutter debris to prevent still water, which may provide the best breeding ground for different kinds of pests.

 

As deteriorating wood attracts some pests, repair rotten roof shingles and fascia.

 

Repair loose mortar on windows and basement foundation and swap weather-stripping.

 

Screen attic openings and vents to chimneys, as well as windows. Fix any tears or rips.

 

Guide water away from your home by using properly function splash blocks, down spouts and gutters. Fix leaking water pipes, faucets and AC units.

 

Keep firewood about 20 ft away from your home.

 

Keep mulch about fifteen feet away from your house's foundation.

 

Once pests have established themselves in your home, it can be a challenge to get rid of them. Once they get in, some pests can cause severe damage to property while others may pose health risks. If you notice signs of pest infestation in your house, contact a reputable pest control service so they can assess the severity of the problem and suggest a suitable course of treatment.