Regular visits and service by an exterminator can do wonders for keeping pests out of your home, but it’s only part of the solution. One tried and true method of maintaining a home without unwanted insects, mice, and other pests, is to keep your home as clean as possible and not provide an environment that attracts unwanted pests.
Clean Your Gutters
The gutters around your roof can be a haven for pests if left unclean and full of debris. A moist gutter filled with leaves, pine needles, and other debris can attract ants, termites, birds, and other unwanted critters and creepy crawlers. Pests have ways of getting into clogged moist gutters and making a home there. When pests make a home in your gutters, it can attract other predatory pests, such as spiders looking for a meal. Eventually, these pests can find a way into your home. By keeping your gutters clean and free of debris, you eliminate the chances of pesky and dangerous pests from making a home there.
Clean Your Kitchen
Just like you and your family know that the kitchen is where you eat and store your food, so do bothersome pests like roaches, mice, and ants. Even if your kitchen appears clean, there may still be areas where small amounts of food have accumulated. Regular deep cleaning in cabinets, under appliances, and inside kitchen drawers will go a long way towards keeping pests out of your kitchen.
Clean Your Garage
Using your garage as a place for storage can also be a great place for mice and other rodents to call home. Boxes filled with clothing, plush toys, and other odds and ends make great homes and offer a food source for mice, rats, and other rodents. Keeping your garage clean and organized will keep rodents from using your garage as a shelter and breeding ground. Storing clothing and other items in plastic bins with secure lids is an excellent way to eliminate nesting materials and hiding places for pests. It’s also a good idea to use shelves in your garage instead of stacking items on the floor.
Keeping your home clean and tidy is the best first defense against unwanted pests from becoming a permanent guest in your home. With daily cleaning and deep cleaning at regular intervals, you can keep your home pest free and safe for your entire family.
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