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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Pest Free

Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Pest Free
This blog post is sponsored. 

With all the hectic things going on as a busy mom running the household, pest issues are the last thing you want on your mind. This post covers a few simple ways to keep your home pest free, brought to you by Rove Pest Control.

Focus on exclusion and sealing entry points
Unless you already have pests in your home, they are going to come from outside of your home. This makes exclusion or sealing entry points for pests, important.

One of the most effective and simple ways to keep your home pest free is to close off ways for them to get in. There are several common places pests get into your home that you should focus on.
The first one is going to be underneath the doors of your home. Most pests need the smallest of openings to get into your home.

Most rodent pests only need 1/4 inch gap to enter your home. Insect pests can sneak in your home with a hole smaller than 1/8 inch.
Installing door sweeps can be a cost-effective and simple way to keep your home pest free. These basically close the gap under your doors which blocks pests from getting in there anymore.

Another simple exclusion fix includes fixing broken screens and sealing windows. The light that escapes your home through windows can be very attractive for pests at night.

With lots of pests hanging around windows, having screens to keep them out and weather stripping to keep the seal tight is critical. Installing new screens and weather stripping can be another simple exclusion fix for your home.

Keep the home clean
No one really likes cleaning that much, and it can be hectic with kids running around creating messes, but it can be a great way to keep out pests.

Pests require food, shelter, and water to survive, and keeping your home clean can help reduce those options. For example, the simple chore of taking out the trash and recycling and keeping garbage cans covered can reduce pest activity.

Unclean and open garbage cans or recycling bins can be easy access to food for pests. Many pests eat sugary residue or rotting food, and leaving garbage out gives them an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Other pests like ants and roaches will eat leftover crumbs on counters or even residual grease left on stoves, walls, undersides of cabinets, and appliances. Leaving these spots dirty or allowing dirty dishes to sit out for a few days may not seem like a big deal, but it can attract pests.

Properly seal food
Properly sealing food is another simple way to keep your home pest free. It may be easier to leave open containers of food out for people to grab a snack when they are hungry, but it can lead to pest problems.
Be sure to cover food and keep things like cereal boxes or bags of chips sealed. Not only will your food last longer, but it can help keep pests away as well.                                                                                                                                               
Remove standing water

This tip to keep your home pest free is probably more relevant in the spring and summer months, but depending on where you live, it could be a year-round issue. Many pests will look for water sources wherever they can get access.

Pests need water to survive whether that is just for consumption or to lay their eggs in and breed. Mosquitoes, for example, will lay their eggs in stagnant water.

Eliminating these water sources can be a straightforward way to reduce pests and keep your home pest free.
This could mean emptying outdoor pet dishes when not in use, or even dumping out the kiddy pool in the yard when the kids aren’t playing.

Overall, the small prevention steps you can take around your home can go a long way in keeping pests out and your family safe.