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Daily Pest Prevention Tips Pest control is vitally important. Whether you’ve just spotted an anthill in your backyard or a wasp nest on top of your front door, pest control is inevitable. So how do you handle this problem? If truth be told, it is not possible to completely pest-proof your house. Some pests will find ways to access your home, one way or another. However, you shouldn’t make things easy for them. Take enough time and you’ll dramatically lower the chances of having a massive pest infestation. Indoor duties
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Regularly use a sealed garbage can to dispose of trash.
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Keep the kitchen clean by sweeping the floor to get rid of crumbs and spill residue, and wiping countertops. Additionally, store ripe fruit in a fridge and keep food in tightly-sealed containers. Vacuum your house at least once per week. Keep bowls for pets clean and clear any spilled food/water around them right away. Use sealed plastic containers to store pet food instead of the polythene bags they usually come in. Talk to your vet about preventative treatment for cats and dogs to help prevent ticks and fleas. Routinely check for areas with moisture under sinks and fix any leaky pipes. Use a dehumidifier in wet basements, attics or crawl spaces. Outdoor jobs Take some time to examine the outside of your home for easy points of access, paying particular attention to points where utility pipes get in. With the help of silicone-based caulk, seal every small crack and crevice. For larger holes and gaps, use steel wool as the rough steel fibers often deter pests. Examine for signs of destruction by termites, like bubbling or cracked paint, mud tubes, and soft wood that seems hollow when tapped. Do proper landscaping by cutting your grass low and making sure that shrubbery, tree branches and all other vegetation is trimmed properly and away from your house. Clear out leaves and other gutter waste to stop standing water, which may be an ideal breeding ground for a variety of pests. As deteriorating wood attracts some pests, repair rotten roof shingles and fascia. Swap weather-stripping and fix loose mortar on basement foundation and windows. Screen attic openings/vents to chimneys, and windows. Repair all tears or rips Use properly functioning gutters, downspouts and splash blocks to channel water away from your home. Fix AC units, leaking water pipes and faucets. Ensure that firewood stays at least 20 ft away from your house. Keep mulch about fifteen feet away from your house’s foundation. Getting rid of pests once they’ve established themselves in your house can be tricky. Once they get in, some pests can cause severe damage to property while others may pose health risks. If you find that your home has been taken over by pests, call on a reliable pest control service to evaluate the seriousness of the issue and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.