Doing everything that you can to make sure that pests do not enter your home is much easier than getting rid of them after that have made their way inside. Being proactive can make a huge difference to the health and happiness of your home.
By following these 6 tips, you will be making sure that you have put up your best possible pest control defence from these little critters.
1. Start with the outside of your home
This can often come as a big surprise to many homeowners, that when you are planning to reduce the risk of insects and other pests from entering your home, you should start with outside.
If you can make the environment in the immediate area surrounding your home as inhospitable as possible for pests, then you will have fewer of them gaining entry. The first thing to do is to walk around the outside of your home and make sure that any tree branches or shrubbery are not touching your home. If there are any, then all you have to do is give them a little trim. Mulch touching your home is also a way that pests and bugs use to hide and are comfortable using as shelter, so making sure that these are not anywhere near your home is also a good idea.
2. Check your windows and doors
Insects and other pests will not waste any time finding the smallest crack or gap to gain entry into your home. Checking on your doors and windows for these is a good place to begin as well. If you are a fan of fresh air you will need a screen to keep out bugs when you have your windows open. These can usually be bought at any home hardware store.
3. Cracks and gaps
After checking the windows and doors, you should then look to inspect the entire exterior of your home for other cracks, crevices, and gaps through which pests could enter. These could be anywhere, but will usually be visible to the naked eye. Make a note to give special attention to areas that have utility cables or pipes entering your home. You can seal any gaps you find with steel wool or mortar. Many homeowners will use expanding caulking, this can be good in the short term, but ultimately, many pests are able to chew through it without too much difficulty.
4. Remove any trash
As you are planning to discourage pests and bugs from infesting your home, you want to keep the inside and outside of your home as clean as possible. You should remove any trash from your home and place in a bin away from the side of your home. You will also need to make sure that any trash cans that you have outside have tight fitting lids that pests will not be able to open. Once these pests get used to a good source of food they will come back for more, so you should do everything you can to not encourage them.
The types of bulbs that you use will actually have an effect on the amount of bugs they attract. Bulbs that have pink, yellow or orange tints will be least attractive to the flying insects.
6. General cleanliness
By keeping the surfaces of your home as clean as possible, insects and other pests will be less attracted to get comfortable. One of the best things that you can do is to clean up any crumbs and other food particles that are left out in the open. Storing food using airtight containers is also a very good move.