Whether it’s ants, cockroaches, or rodents, pests can spread disease and cause damage to your property. It’s far easier to prevent pests in your home than to get rid of an infestation. With that in mind, let’s look at a few easy pest prevention strategies.
Install a Dehumidifier
Pests are attracted to a house because they have found a food source. However, they also need water. If your home provides a source of moisture, they will have all they need to thrive. Keeping your home dry is one of the best ways to discourage pests. Install a dehumidifier in your basement to keep humidity levels down. If you live in a more humid environment, you may want a second dehumidifier in the upstairs living spaces.
Fix Plumbing Leaks
Another source of moisture that attracts pests is leaky faucets. Even if your faucet only has a slow drip, that little bit of water can attract pests to your space. You can often stop a faucet from leaking by tightening the fasteners or replacing the O-ring. If this does not work, contact a plumber.
Keep the Kitchen Clean to Prevent Pests in Your Home
As tempting as it is to leave dishes in the sink overnight to take care of in the morning, this is a sure way to attract pests. Prevent pests from invading your home by keeping a clean kitchen. Wash dishes daily, wipe down the countertops after cooking, and vacuum or sweep the floors regularly. Even tiny crumbs are enough to attract insects and rodents.
Keep the Trash Contained
If pests move into your outdoor trash can, they can find their way into your home. Keep the outdoor garbage bin away from your home. Make sure it has a securely fitting lid. To further pest-proof the garbage can place a heavy cinder block or brick on the top to keep raccoons and rats out.
Don’t Eat in Carpeted Areas
You may unknowingly drop crumbs that later attract ants or mice when you eat in carpeted areas. Make it a family rule to only eat in the dining room or kitchen where clean-up is easier and crumbs won’t be overlooked.
Store Wood Properly to Prevent Pests
Piles of wood are great hiding places for rats, possums, termites, and other pests. To prevent pests from turning a woodpile into their home, store the firewood off the ground on a rack. Keep the woodpile at least 10-15 feet from your home, and use the oldest wood first.
If you follow the tips above, pests will be less likely to infest your home. Keep the house clean, so insects and rodents don’t identify your home as a food or water source.