Everyone has a different opinion about pests, some are disgusted by the very thought of them, and others are fascinated. However, one thing everyone can agree upon is that they do not belong in the home. Here are five ways to “pest-proof” your home from large pests like raccoons to small pests like ants and spiders.
1. Encourage Natural Predators
For larger pests (raccoons and rodents), natural predators may include a dog or even a cat. A family pet can serve as more than just a furry companion, it can be your go-to pest police.
As for the smaller pests (insects), natural predators include different kinds of birds and even bats. To encourage these natural predators, it helps to provide trees and bushes for them to nest in; you could also build an assortment of bird or bat houses. You may also want to put out some birdseed or nectar feeders to supplement their diet to keep them around.
2. Maintain Your Yard
Yard maintenance is very important for controlling pest infestations both large and small. By keeping your yard free of debris and standing water you can more easily control the pest population in your yard. By keeping your lawn clipped and free of excessive debris, and keeping fire wood away from you home it makes you less of a target.
Smaller pests, especially mosquitoes and fleas, need a good water supply for breeding. In order to prevent this, you need to eliminate pooling water on your lawn. Aerating can help to reduce this problem by increasing water absorption in the ground. Also keep drainages clear of leaves and other debris to keep pools from forming in and around your gutters.
3. Avoid Clutter and Trash
Keep your home free of as much clutter as possible. Both large and small pests love to hide in clutter. Try not to let things such as newspapers, magazines, or cardboard boxes to pile up. Rodents use such things for their beds and insects can lay eggs in them. Other clutter to avoid it a packed cupboard, insects can reproduce in large numbers quickly before they are even discovered.
Try to eliminate or reduce the availability of unprotected food and water inside your home. Keep opened foods in sealed containers so pests can’t get to them. Insects and rodents can easily chew through cardboard and some thin plastics, so storing things like gravy mixes and boxed dinners in plastic totes can help eliminate this problem.
4. Repair Cracks
Go around the outside of your home and inspect your pipes and siding for cracks or gaps Pests don’t need a lot of room to find entry into your home. Repairing cracks in these places may assist in keeping them outside where they belong.
Your doors and windows can also leave you vulnerable if not installed correctly. Inspect the framework of your doors and windows; if you can see light peeking through, pests can find their way in. For windows, you can use calk or expanding foam to seal the cracks. For doors, all you need to do is replace the weather stripping around the door frame, which you may have to do every couple of years.
5. Add Screens to Large Openings
Often people enjoy letting a breeze through their home, but why should letting pests into your home be a part of the equation? By installing screen doors and screens on your windows you can have your pleasant spring breeze flow through your home, without being invaded.
For the best results you want a screen that is small enough that even the smallest insects cannot crawl through. Using screens on attic vents and swamp coolers can also prevent bats and birds from making their homes inside yours.
There is no real way to keep ever single pest out for sure, but by following these steps you can improve your odds. If however, you do find you have some kind of pest infestation on your hands, get help from your pest control services in Surrey (or a pest control services near you) to assist in eliminating your pest problems.
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Barbara Johnson works in real estate and enjoys finding her clients the perfect homes. In addition, she shares her home improvement and gardening tips with others through blogging. For her pest control needs, Barbara relies on Pest Detective.