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While there are many ways to rid your home of pests when they enter, it’s likely a problem you’d rather not deal with. From an army of ants to fruit flies that seem to grow exponentially, when it comes to pest control, it starts with prevention.
You can save time and money by putting pest control measures in place. Generally, pest prevention tactics are habits you and your family can form over time. Prevent pests from making your home their own with these tips.
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1. Deep Clean Your Home Regularly
Bugs have no interest in entering a clean home as there is nothing there for them. In many cases, a clean home is the first step to prevent bugs from infesting the home. Food remnants are often what attracts them to your home. Little spills or crumbs you may have forgotten about might be just enough to cause a pest problem. Therefore, a deep clean once every six months is recommended. Get all the areas you may normally not spend much time on, or hire a cleaning pro who can ensure a successful deep clean. The average cost to hire a cleaning service is $157, with most homeowners spending between $122 and $167.
2. Don’t Leave Food Out
Similarly, food that is going bad can attract a myriad of bugs like ants, gnats and fruit flies. These bugs can be especially difficult to get rid of once the infestation has started. If you keep fresh produce out, such as apples or bananas, check them regularly to ensure they are not spoiling. If pests are a consistent problem in your area, it’s best to keep produce enclosed in a cabinet or refrigerator.
3. Ensure There Are No Holes In Your Home
If the bugs can’t find a way in, they won’t enter. Once a year, check to see if there are any holes or points of entry to your home. Even the smallest cracks can be the perfect size for a trail of ants. Check the exterior of your house for any possible entry points. Doorways and windows are often the most common. Caulk can help seal off anything you find. It’s a good idea to check window screens as well and patch any holes you may find.
4. Use Essential Oil
As a natural preventative measure,
- Add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to a cotton ball and stick in cabinet corners to keep cockroaches away.
- Create a citrus spray by adding five drops of lemon and orange essential oil to a spray bottle of water. Spray on countertops to keep fruit flies at bay.
antsand flies hate peppermint. Using the same tactic as lemongrass, apply a few drops to a cotton ball and place in corners of your home or at the bottom of your garbage can.
5. Fix Your Plumbing
A leaky pipe can be a water source for insects. Cockroaches especially are attracted to this. If you have a leaky pipe anywhere in your home, be sure to get it repaired as soon as possible. While you may be able to do it yourself, if you don’t know where the leak is coming from, it’s a good idea to hire a contractor. The average cost to hire a plumber is $278, with most homeowners spending between $187 and $293.
6. Store Food Properly
As mentioned already, food is what lures bugs into the home. Even if you’ve put your food away, you need to make sure it’s stored properly. Plastic airtight or glass containers are the perfect place to store your dry goods. Don’t forget about pet food as well, as bugs are attracted to this too. Put any dry cat or dog food in a container and clean up after any spills they may have.
7. Trim Shrubs & Trees
If you have trees or shrubs near your house, trim them so they are not touching the exterior. Something as simple as a stray branch touching your home can act as an express lane for bugs looking to make their way into your home. The average cost to trim trees and shrubs is $638, with most homeowner spending between $422 and $707. But, this is something you can DIY depending on your current landscaping.
8. Take Out Your Trash
It seems like a simple task, but taking out your trash every night can significantly help to prevent bugs. Create a habit of doing this at the end of the night. Additionally, keep your trash cans clean, free of sticky spills and food debris. A garbage can with a lid will also help keep the bugs out if you happen to miss a night or two of removing the trash.
9. Talk To A Pro
If bugs tend to be a problem in your area, you may want to ask for some advice from a local pest control contractor. Some bugs are adaptive, so the same prevention methods might not work in every area. They’ll know the best ways to keep bugs out of your home based on what they’ve seen in the area.
Pests don’t have to be a problem in your home with the right prevention methods in place. Try a few of these tactics and keep your home bug-free!
Pests can be a problem outside just as much as inside. Read How To Control Pests In Your Garden for more tips.