Household Pest Control Tips
How Common Household Pests Get In
Pests should not be in your home unless they’ve found a way to contribute toward your mortgage! Unfortunately, your home is a very desirable place for any pest, it’s warm, has food, and they can even find water. That’s everything a pest needs. Of course, you can reduce the attractiveness of your home to pests by removing as many of these elements as possible. That starts with cleaning up after you’ve eaten, washing dishes and disinfecting sides.
Don’t forget to vacuum and mop floors. Make sure to remove any standing sources of water and check your house for any water leaks, these can provide moisture for pests without you even being aware of them. It certainly does make sense to contact your local household pest control firm to discuss which pests are most common in your area and how you should be dealing with them.
Once you know what you could be dealing with you can speak to the experts to find out more about how to eliminate them, as well as preventing them from entering in the first place.
So, how do common household pests actually get in?
Knowing how the pests get into your home in the first place will help you to stop them from living in your home.
Take a walk around the outside of your home and pay particular attention to the spaces around doors and windows. You’re looking for small cracks that allow pests in. Don’t forget, even a mouse can fit through a gap as small as ¼ inch. If you find a gap you’re going to need to seal it up, preventing the mice from getting in or out. Expanding foam is a great friend when you need to fill gaps quickly. You also need to look at the soil around the edge of your home, termites like to bury their way through the soil to get to your wooden foundations.
If you have lots of small holes in the ground then you probably have termites, these are their entry and exit tunnels. To verify this you can block a tunnel and it will reappear within a day or two.
The next most common entry point is through the windows and doors, the same way that you get in and out. You’ll need to invest in some fly screens to put over your windows and some mesh over your doorway. The holes should be small enough to prevent pests from getting through but large enough to let some air in.
• Under Doors
Don’t forget that many pests can simply crawl under your doors, there is usually a small gap. You can eliminate this issue by adding door brushes to the bottom of the door. These prevent dirt from getting into your home and help to keep it insulated. Of course, they also help to keep pests out.
Don’t forget that pests can enter the house in your bags, especially if you’re bringing in something that has been stood outside. Be vigilant and check your bags for pests before you give them free rein of your home.