Despite our best efforts, it’s common to find certain pests sneaking in and establishing residency. There are many different kinds of pests that can come into your home without an invitation. For example, mice, fleas, termites, spiders, and ants can all become a bothersome problem in a short amount of time. While it might seem like keeping pests out of your home is a losing battle, there are some tips that can help you keep them at bay.
Clean Your Gutters
When your gutters become clogged or blocked, water and leaves begin to collect build up, making it a choice place for birds and other pests to move in. You don’t have to climb up on a ladder every week to keep your gutters maintained but checking your gutters once every 6 months can be very beneficial to reducing pest infestations. If you aren’t physically able to get to your gutters, you can use the services of a handyman or gutter cleaning company to maintain this area.
Invest in a Pest Control Service
There are companies that will come and spray the exterior of your home for potential pest issues. Their services are typically tailored to the area and the types of pests that are present. They may come out a few times each year. Certain pests are more common during different seasons. If you have concerns about the types of products that they are using on your property, you may be able to find a company that will use safer alternatives.
Seal Up Cracks and Gaps
Your home might have plenty of small spaces where air can come in and out of the structure. If you want to keep out pests, you’ll want to go over your home and seal up these spaces. The most common locations you should check are up in the attic, the basement, the foundation and around windows and doors. You should look for light peeking through where it shouldn’t be. Use caulk or other flashing materials to keep your home secure from pests. It doesn’t take a lot of money or effort to keep pests out of your home.
The more proactive you are, the more effective this prevention will be. It’s a lot easier to seal up your house and maintain your property, than having to deal with a full-blown pest infestation later on.
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