Like humans, pests need three things to survive – food, water, and shelter. Your house, if not properly maintained, happens to be the perfect space to provide all three for them. Your house will become an enticing target if it offers a place to hide, feed, and stay hydrated. Thus, in order to discourage bugs and pests in your home, you have to make some deliberate changes to your lifestyle. It all begins with the following:

Don’t leave your food exposed – Exposed or spilled food is a direct invitation for pests to come and stay in your home. Keep your kitchen clear of insects and rodents by washing dishes after every meal. Wipe down counters, stovetops, and sinks while you’re at it. Regular cleaning or vacuuming can help make your kitchen or living area a whole lot less appetizing for pests.

Overflow Garbage Bin– The foul odor of garbage may be unpleasant to your nose but not to pests or flies. Avoid infestations by properly bagging and sealing garbage and storing it in closed containers. Don’t forget to rinse your recyclables before putting them in the recycling bin.

Leftover food – Saving the dish for the next day needs to be handled as cleanly and promptly as possible. Pests like ants or cockroaches are attracted to leftover food. When choosing to stock leftover dishes, store them in a container with a tight lid and place them inside a fridge. These simple practices can prevent bugs in the kitchen. 

Unused drain – When an unused drain in our home is not properly capped, it can be the root cause of pest problems. Unused or out-of-order drains can become breeding sites for flies, gnats, and roaches if they contain stagnant water and remnants of soap and hair. For this reason, it is recommended to clean your drains at least once each month.  

Poor Landscape Maintenance – Failing to keep your garden clean can also attract pests. Overgrown grass and dense shrubs often give shelter to mice, insects, and other pests. Keep pests away from your home by practicing regular lawn maintenance and not planting shrubs and trees too close to your home. Stay vigilant and be on the lookout for signs of pests in the garden and inside the home.  

Open garage or damaged door – A good garage is a  valuable asset. The garage is used for many purposes, such as a workshop, storage space, studios, and sheds. Pests also value garages for offering to meet their basic needs. Garages make convenient entry points for all sorts of pests. Remember to always close garage and basement doors when they don’t need to be open.

Avoid the expense and hassle of dealing with pest damage by preventing it in the first place. But if you suspect that your home has been infiltrated by rats or pests, then it’s time to call a professional. A reliable pest control service will help in taking care of pest problems quickly and restore your life back to normal with minimal inconvenience.