It is the end of the year and the perfect time to get rid of the old and bring in the new. Many homeowners are making their new year’s resolutions and getting their to-do-lists together. While we may be busy thinking about interior decorating and losing weight, one area we may not be thinking about is pest proofing our homes to keep unwanted guests out. Winter is the season pests try to take refuge in homes and buildings to escape the cold weather outside as well as have easy access to food and water. The first step to avoiding problems with pests is prevention. The experienced professionals at All-Rite Pest Control recommend a staged approach to your pest proofing to prevent insect and rodent problems.
How to Prevent a Pest Infestation in Kitchen
The kitchen may be the heart of the home for you and your family; unfortunately it’s also a primary food and water source for pests. Pests such as ants, cockroaches and moths are commonly found in the kitchen. Not only are they a nuisance, but cockroaches in particular can contaminate food and spread bacteria. To combat pests such as these, store food in airtight containers, wipe up spills immediately and make sure your trash is emptied on a regular basis.
How to Keep Pests out of Your Bedrooms & Bathrooms
If you are getting ready to clean your closet, you may find that moths have made a home for themselves feeding on natural fibers including cotton, silk and wool. Silverfish on the other had can be found in both bedrooms and bathrooms and prefer synthetic fabrics along with books and paper. Wash or dry-clean items before storing them and eliminate dampness by running a dehumidifier. Seal any openings in the bathroom around pipes and be sure to hang bath towels to dry.
How to Prevent Pests in Your Family Rooms
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most common areas for pests but family spaces are also at risk. Pets can bring fleas and ticks into the home and crumbs can encourage rodents. To keep your living areas clear of pests, vacuum floors and furniture on a regular basis and keep your family pets current on flea and tick prevention.
How to Keep Pests Out of Garage
Boxes full of storage items provide the perfect home for pests including mice, rats and squirrels. Rodents can cause damage nesting in walls, chewing through wires and they can also spread disease. As you go through your cleaning routine, keep a look out for signs of nesting and rodent droppings. Use plastic storage bins that are airtight to store seasonal items and keep items off of the floor whenever possible. Keep the garage tidy and sweep regularly.
Home Sealing for Pest Control
Both cleaning and pest proofing the outside of your home will help keep pests outside where they belong. Seal cracks and small openings around your foundation and don’t forget entry points for pipes and cables. Remove any sources of standing water and keep trash bins and storage areas clean. Trim back branches away from the home.