Keeping an eye on the interior and exterior of your home is the best way to ensure pests stay out. By paying close attention for pests in the yard and around entry points, you're more likely to catch the onset of infestations and stopping them in their tracks.
Some areas that you will want to pay closer attention include:
- Bathrooms - Cockroaches and rodents use moisture-ridden pipes and drains to enter homes.
- Kitchen - Ants often create colonies around kitchens where food is consistently available.
- Garage - Spiders, cockroaches, and mice establish havens just outside the home but near enough to go in and out of easily.
- Basement - Virtually any type of pest can utilize the typically dark, damp, and less-frequented environment of basements to breed infestations. Termites, mosquitoes, and ants are only the beginning.
- Closets - Spiders take advantage of the cramped quarters to stay hidden while building enormous webs.
- Yard - Wasps, bees, ants, and mosquitoes can build nests and colonies around grass and flowers near your home.
Taking Precautions to Prevent Pests
There are various precautions that homeowners can take to prevent pests from making their way into homes.
Keeping the home clean and free of clutter is one of the biggest steps to avoiding a pest infestation. A clean, dry home free of messiness and dust is the best way to signal to pests they aren't welcome.
Here are some other precautionary steps homeowners can take:
- Seal up access points. Doors and windows are the most common, but cracked siding, soffits and fascia and also prime entry ways.
- Have a professional exterminator run a yearly or bi-annual evaluation of your home's structure. Ask about preventative treatment that keeps these areas standing strong against pests.
- Keep food sealed and away from open areas.
What to Do If It's Too Late
Sometimes being proactive may not be enough to keep certain pests out. Termites, for example, are nearly impossible to stop without a wide-scale extermination plan that involves professionals and industry-strength treatments.
In the event that you are already faced with an infestation despite taking preventative steps, try these methods to get rid of pests directly present in your home:
- Use spray pesticides to directly attack stray cockroaches, wasps, and ants, but stop short of attacking their colony or nest; conventional spray pesticides may only end up aggravating them.
- Place snap traps and glue traps for rat and rodent sightings.
- Sprinkle boric acid like Borax as a non-chemical way to treat cracks and crevices from infestations.
Bottom Line: Pay Attention!
Not all pest situations can be prevented. By the time pests like termites are discovered, it's highly possible irreparable damage has already occurred.
Taking the above steps should help you get on track to protecting your home and avoiding the destruction pests can leave behind. Effective pest prevention starts by paying close attention to your home and everything around it. It's one of the few ways to have complete control over pests and your home.