A homeowner’s worst nightmare is creepy crawlies or things that go bump in the night. However, there are methods that can prevent and treat an infestation when it happens. A bug infestation can be devastating to deal with. Here are some tips on how you can keep the bugs away.
1. Never Leave Food Out
Pests are always looking for their next meal. You don’t want to turn your house into a club for bugs. Keep all your food under wraps. Anything from flour to sugar and other dried ingredients should be kept in sealed bags.
2. Don’t Keep Trash Around
Make it a rule in your home to take out the trash every day. It doesn’t matter how little is in the can; pests can smell the smallest of things a miles away. If you have a trash can openly exposed, it can turn into a smorgasbord for pests.
3. Never Leave Pet Food Out
Sure Fido wants to keep his bowl full at all times. But when you leave pet food lying around, it only causes you great problems. Mice love dog food, so do ants and roaches, yuck!
4. Keep The Dishes Washed
You may have thought that the children “cleaned their plates” at dinner. But unless you wash the dishes they could attract bugs. Food-encrusted plates and bowls, all through the house, can be a welcome mat of sorts for rodents. It doesn’t take much to bring them in and then it’s hard to get rid of them.
5. Recycle Newspapers and Boxes
Roaches love the corners of a cozy box. They burrow in the corner making a nest fit for a king. Throwing them out will alleviate the temptation.
6. Drain all Water
Some bugs, like roaches and mosquitoes, love water. When you are done with the dishes, be sure to drain the sink. If there are any pools of water on the floor, be sure to wipe them up quickly. Any leaking pipes or appliances should also be taken care of. Dripping water is a holiday vacation for bugs who love the water.
If you have any holes in your doors or wall, be sure to patch those up. Pests love to stroll through any opening they can find. Screens and windows are another area that they love to come in through. Caulk around the windows and baseboards to ensure there is no way that anything can get in. By being proactive about pest care, you can ensure that your home is bug-free.