No matter how much effort you put into protecting your home from pests, there are some insects that will find their way into your house. But even if that is the case, it can be made a lot harder for them to get in. By investing time in a little home maintenance tasks, you can make your home virtually pest free.
The 10 Cheapest Ways To Pest Proof Your Home
- Keep screens on all your doors and windows
Screen doors should be installed in your home. If they are damaged or torn, get rid of them! In order to prevent the most minute or smallest of insects from entering your home, use the finest mesh screening you can find.
- Seal around all doors and repair any openings
Bugs can get in if light or air can. Tight fitting floor sweeps should be installed at the exterior door bottom area. Fill the gaps with door seals at the top and sides of each door. Gaps and cracks in the basement, especially near pipes that enter or exit through the wall. Check outside around the house for other outlets, utility meters and vents that could be inviting for insects. Doors and windows general have some type of weather stripping.
- Take time to seal cracks in the foundation of your home or the exterior walls
This can also include any fascia boards too. Exterior wall cracks welcomes insects in. A caulking solution on these cracks will greatly reduce insect visitors.
- Check utility lines and other vents near appliances
If there are gaps or openings in and around the appliances in your home, they provide ways for insects to come in from the outside. Using a foam spray, cover these areas and keep the critters out!
There are an abundance of critters and pests that would like to make themselves right at home in crawl spaces in your attic. Barriers should be installed to keep them out. By putting in some critter proof mesh on vents and crawl spaces, these critters will stay out and also keep the other fleas and mites that they carry out of your home as well!
- Fix any leaks
This is because moisture can attract insects. Humidity of some amount is required for insects to live. Plumbing leaks should be repaired as soon as possible. Pipes that are dripping should be tightened and sealed. Heavy rain or flooding could greatly damage your basement is a proper drainage system is not installed.
- Keep a clean and tidy kitchen
The kitchen is where food is stores and also where pests like to be right at home. So, most importantly keep the kitchen as clean as possible. Most pests it turns out are attracted to crumbs and bits of food left around. Some tips to keep the kitchen include keeping leftovers sealed up, double check counters for spills, clean containers of leftover residue, keep checks on spoiled fruit and produce, sweep up and vacuum regularly and try to wipe off and clean containers before recycling them. Most importantly, seal your food up tight!
- Clean up the yard & clean up after pets
It’s true that the heaps of compost and decayed or dried up leaves are congregational points for insects. Keep a clean yard, as well as trim back bushes and tree limbs touching your home. Clean up any pet waste and keep your trash bins clean.
- Get rid of unnecessary clutter
By keeping your house cluttered up, insects can find places to hide. Put your things away after they are used and keep your floor clear.
- Take the garbage out
If it can be smelled, it’s time to remove it. These smells attract unwanted pests. Empty the garbage can as much as possible.
About the author: Chris is a blogger for a union pest control company.