You’ve paid a lot for your home; you want to ensure that everyone who’s living there is paying rent, or is at least invited. However, that’s not always the case. From time to time, we can find that our homes have been invaded by pests, who all-around undermine the quality and comfort of our home. Indeed, the presence of pests can even lead to a decrease in a home’s value. So don’t let the pests win! Below, we take a look at five tips that’ll help to keep those unwanted visitors at bay.
Secure the Perimeter
Pests don’t just materialise from thin air. There’s a journey that takes them from the outside to the inside of your home. If you can cut off the access point, then there’ll have no way of entering your property — or, at least, you’ll be making it more difficult for them. So take a look at your property, and see if there’s any way that creepy crawlies or rodents could gain entry to your home. Cracks in the walls, doors with gaps underneath, and the link between your garage and the rest of your property are all especially vulnerable spots.
Of course, you’re not going to keep your home in lockdown mode all the time. What about during the spring and summer, when the weather is beautiful? You’ll want to crack those windows open, and let that soft breeze move around your home. To ensure that outside dwellers can find their way into your home, look at adding a screen door to your windows. They’ll still allow all the air to come in but will keep everything else on the other side.
Keep Things Clean
How often do you see a pest infestation in a spotless home? Not all that often. As such, one of the best ways to keep your home pest-free is to simply keep things clean and tidy. And by that mean, we mean doing more than a quick vacuum each day — we mean giving your property a deep clean, like pulling out the sofas and mopping in those usually hard to reach areas.
Throw Out Old Food
Pests don’t want to enter your home because they love your decor; they do so because you have something that they want. While you might see a property that allows you to relax, create memories, and all-around live an enjoyable life, a pest sees, essentially, a food factory. And they’re hungry. But of course, they’ll only come if they know that there’s food there for them. As such, one of the simplest ways to keep them away is to make sure there’s no food for them to snack on. Throw away any old food that’s beginning to rot (especially fruit), and keep your other foods in airtight containers.
Finally, make sure you’re taking a proactive approach when you spot the first signs of pests in your home. The sooner you take action, the less likely it is that they’ll set up long-term residency in your home.