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Helpful Tips to Get Rid of Pests in Your Home

Helpful Tips to Get Rid of Pests in Your Home

Pests like bedbugs, mosquitoes, ants, and cockroaches not only cause damages to your property but also spread life-threatening diseases and infections. Data shows close to 14 million homes across the US have reportedly seen cockroaches in their homes over the past year. Before you go calling pest control services, here are a few tips to give your home new life while keeping it disease and pest-free.

Keep Your Kitchen and Bathroom Clean

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Pests prefer to live in damp and dirty areas, so they are attracted to leftover food particles. To prevent pests from living in your kitchen, ensure that all counters, stovetops, and drawers are regularly cleaned with a disinfectant, especially after being used. Also, ensure that you dispose of your garbage at the end of every day. Rodents alone are responsible for some of the most dangerous diseases like plague and rat-bite fever. 

You must also ensure that your bathroom is always clean and dry. Clean your toilet and sink every other day and keep your shower curtains dry and free of moss. You should also regularly unclog your drain to remove hair and other particles. While this tip might not completely eradicate pests from your home, it will significantly reduce their numbers. 

Do not Stagnate Water

Pests like mosquitoes thrive and breed in stagnant water. They also spread life-threatening diseases like malaria and dengue, which are difficult to treat. If you live in an area that tends to retain water after rainfall, make sure that you install top-quality drains that get water flowing and running quickly. 

So, what can you do to prevent keeping water for long in your home? If you have an air-conditioner unit that leaks water, ensure that you throw out all water gathered at the end of the day. You can also keep your bathroom dry at all times. If your mosquito situation gets worse, you might need to call for mosquito control services to completely eradicate the problem. 

Keep a Well-Maintained Garden

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If you have a little garden in your home, then chances are you’ve likely encountered a pest or two. They are usually minor but can become a serious problem when left unchecked. If you don’t want to go the chemical way, you can adopt certain pest control measures to help you. Nets are great pest controllers, especially if you have an issue with birds pecking at your crops. Select a net with small holes to prevent birds from sticking their heads and beaks in. You can also use cloches, coverings made of plexiglass or glass. Those are great protectors against snails, slugs, or insects. 

Alternatively, you can also include new pest-resistant crops like garlic, onions, and leeks into your garden. If you have a pond, ensure that it is regularly cleaned. You must also prune and remove weeds to prevent other pests like rodents and mosquitoes. 

These are a few tips to help you get rid of pests in your home. However, if you are starting to see signs of an infestation, it would be best that you seek out professional help.

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Karla Urwitz

As a full-time career oriented mother of one, I love all things travel. I was in the hospitality business for 15 years and loved it. So why not become a travel agent. So I am trying to find my balance in life through being a parent to a teenager, my love of travel, and living the best life possible. Come join me on this bumpy journey of life.

5 thoughts on “Helpful Tips to Get Rid of Pests in Your Home

  1. Thank you! Let me add one more important thing: don’t forget to clean air ducts regularly. Pros recommend doing this at least once every year. Otherwise, your air ducts can become not only a place of accumulation of dust and allergens but also a home for pests.

  2. I follow all these tips and don’t neglect regular cleaning, but my house is full of ants. This problem catches up with me every summer. There are so many ants that I can’t even leave a plate of cookies on the table – it all turns into a plate of ants.
    What can I do about it?

  3. Another thing you should do to prevent or get rid of pests is to clean your air ducts. Dirty air ducts often become homes for rodents.

  4. Yes, you definitely shouldn’t stagnate water as it’s a favorable environment for pests. But you should also control the humidity level in your home. Every home is different, but a level between 30 and 40 percent humidity is typically ideal. In the summer, that level can be higher, between 50 and 60 percent. Dirty filters or clogged condensate drain channels of the air conditioners are often the cause of extra humidity.

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