No one wants pests such as rodents, spiders, ants or cockroaches to move into their home and create an unpleasant place in which to live. Although professional pest control companies may help to eradicate pests from the home, occupants should eliminate the reasons the pests entered a home in the beginning. This makes another invasion less likely.
Many pests move inside looking for water. Homeowners can reduce the likelihood of an invasion by fixing leaking plumbing. In addition, locate and eliminate other water sources. Do not forget to empty drip trays under potted plants as they can provide enough water to draw the uninvited guests.
Pests may invade your home looking for food. If a home has a garbage disposal it should be used regularly. Do not leave food scraps in the disposal, but turn it on each time you place scraps in the drain and flush with plenty of water. Scraps that do not go down the garbage disposal should be placed in a tightly sealed container. Take out the trash every night before heading to bed.
Food and water left for pets can draw pests. Put away pet food and empty water bowls at night. Food inside the home may bring small pests to the home. Leaving pet food and water outside the house is a great way to invite raccoons, skunks, squirrels and other wild game. Only provide needed food for the pet for the current day and empty bowls at night.
Keep hiding places and other entryways for pests sealed. Use caulk or foam sealant to seal openings, cracks and crevices around baseboards, cabinets and pipes. Mice can enter homes through very small openings. A hole one half inch in diameter is sufficient for most mice and insects to enter the home and invade you private space.
When pesticides are used around one’s home, it is important to keep pets and small children away from areas where they are used. Ask the technician for additional advice at keeping pests away from the home. In addition, be sure the technician provides information about when pets can be allowed back into treated areas safely.
While pesticides are useful in controlling the pests that enter a home, a better option for pest control is to make one’s home less inviting to the problem creatures. One of the best methods of preventing a home invasion is to ensure that anything the creature might consider as food or drink is kept sealed away from its access.