As the weather gets warmer in the spring and as it cools down during fall, pests like ants, bees, cockroaches, fleas, termites, mice, rats, and spiders have a tendency to enter homes and offices. These unwanted inhabitants can affect your home. A study by PeerJ reveals that the average American home has 100 different species of arthropods inhabiting it.
As long as humans live in fixed habitations, there have been and there would be other organisms and animals that like to dwell with us whether invited and uninvited.
Arthropods are an abundant group of such organisms, they make up about 75 percent of life on Earth, so it is little wonder that they have adapted to living with humans and sharing our habitats. However, there are ways to keep pests, rodents, and bugs out for good from your home. Here, we look at some effective pest solutions for every home.
Clean Your Home Regularly
It doesn’t matter how you choose to clean your home, sweep or vacuum, what matters is that you clean regularly. Remove any food and residue quickly so that it will not attract bugs to the mess.
The cleaner your home is, the less it attracts pests. When you mop the floor and clean up other household chores, you will hinder the areas where pests might have made a home, and all the crumbs and other debris that pests can feed on would have been cleaned.
If you want to know how to get rid of carpenter ants, and other pests, start by cleaning your space regularly will help you identify potential entrances for pests before it becomes an infestation.
Seal All Opening in Your Home
When the weather is cold, it is difficult for insects to find food, water, and shelter outdoors, this causes them to move indoors to look for resources they need to survive.
To help prevent this, ensure you weatherproof all your windows and doors to seal off cracks that may allow give them entry.
Check for leaks and seal any opening gaps or cracks that can enable pests like rodents, birds, and bats to get into your home. Even the tiniest crack can allow insects to sneak in, so monitor all openings.
Prevention Is Your Best Defense
The best way to defend against pests is to not have them in your home. Most pests are resilient, and failure to get rid of them properly can worsen the problem.
Therefore, it is critical to make your home inhabitable to pests by keeping your home clean, taking out the garbage in due time, not leaving dirty dishes, and clothes, and so on. Also ensure you do not keep heavy vegetation around your home, avoid bushes or plants on your walls, don’t pile up firewood in your compound, and cut down your trees if they harbor too many insects and other pests.
Don’t Keep Dirts or Wood Around The House
Dirt attracts pests, so clean out garbage containers, by washing the insides and outsides of your trash can regularly. We recommend having a brush to clean the areas of the trash cans that is hard to reach.
Also put a lid on the trash can because lids on trash will keep smell and bugs away, and it will help you avoid infestations.
Pests are everywhere, but you don’t have to live with them or wait till they destroy parts of your home before keeping them out. The above ideas are some effective ways to control pest invasion of your home.