How to Keep Pests Out of Your House

No matter where you live in the world, there are creatures you would rather prefer to remain outside your home than find their way inside. Some of them like rats and mice are particularly unpleasant to find, and can carry disease, but are essentially harmless, others such as funnel web spiders are far more serious. Whatever type of creature or pest you want to prevent from entering your home, there are a few ideas you can use to keep them out.

Seal Up Possible Entrances

Most pests are opportunists, meaning they will enter your home if they can find a way in, so it’s important that you do your best to seal up any potential entry points. Go through your house and look at all the places you think there might be gaps. The most obvious places are where pipes and wires enter the house, around doors and windows and air vents. Some creatures can fit into a hole the thickness of a pencil, so you need to be determined that all cracks and holes no matter how small are sealed. You can use expanding foam or a waterproof sealer in a gun to plug up the gaps, and plaster for areas around the windows and doors. You should also check the attic and the basement if you have one to make sure there are no entry points there.

Installing Screens

If you have a chimney or a large air vent, then you should fix a screen to the opening. These screens will prevent creatures from getting inside, especially bats that like to hide in chimneys. You need to check the screens regularly to make sure they are still secure and in good condition. You can also install screens over your windows and doors so that you can still have them open, but nothing can get inside.

Storing Food Correctly

Most creatures want to come into your home because of the tasty food, so by storing your food correctly and securely, you can decrease the temptation for them to come inside. All food should be stored in lockable containers and in cupboards that fasten. Some animals can get into unlocked cupboards so just having the door closed won’t always be a deterrent. Creatures such as mice and rats can also chew through cardboard, so anything in this type of packaging should be transferred into a plastic container. Fruit and vegetables should be stored in the fridge, as fruit especially can attract fruit flies if left in the open. It is also important to keep any pet food safely stored, especially overnight.

Disposing of Waste

Not only should you be careful about where you store your fresh food, but you also need to be vigilant about your garbage and waste food. Your bin needs to have a tight-fitting lid so that no animals can get inside, and you should regularly empty all your bins. It is a sensible idea to store your bins away from the house to prevent animals from being attracted inside by the smell of the garbage. You should also ensure that any garbage left around your home is picked up and put in the bin as soon as possible.

Keep Your House as Clean as Possible

You probably vacuum your home every day, and it might seem clean, but there can be places that pests are attracted to that you need to concentrate on when you’re doing your daily chores. Any food crumbs that are left on the floor are tempting to pests, so it is vital that you vacuum under everything you can as well as the sides of sofas and chairs. Any spills, especially sugary drinks, need to be cleaned up as soon as possible, and the kitchen sink area needs to be free from clutter. Although washing up by hand is ok, having a dishwasher is better at preventing food from getting onto other surfaces while they are being cleaned.

Keep Pets Clean and Treated

One of the most common entry points for creatures such as fleas and ticks are on pets. Cats and dogs are susceptible to picking up fleas from other animals, and they can get ticks from hedges and bushes. By making sure that you keep your dog clean and treat both cats and dogs with treatment such as PetAction, then you can dramatically reduce the risk. Even so, it is also prudent to check your animals periodically for evidence of fleas or ticks just to be sure. If you do see any fleas present, then the animals should be treated, and a flea powder or spray used on the carpets and furniture.

De-Cluttering Your Home

Having things that clutter your home inside or outside can be a potential home for pests to hide. Piles of newspapers, cardboard boxes, and plastic bags are all things that creatures can use, so you must make sure that you place them inside the recycle bin or taken to a recycling center. It is especially important if you live in a country that has poisonous spiders because they love to hide in dark places such as piles of papers or boxes. Any trees and bushes that are growing close to your home need to be regularly cut back so that they don’t offer a bridge to your house.

Consider Natural Deterrents

There are many natural deterrents that you can use to help prevent bugs from getting into your home. For example, peppermint oil placed on cotton balls is an effective way to keep spiders away, and basil is good at deterring flies. You can also consider something like a honey trap that is also a clever way to stop flies from entering your home. When you are outside, citronella is good for stopping many flying insects from getting near you or your food.

By using these methods, you can go a long way to preventing bugs and other creatures from getting into your home. The important part is that you remain diligent and keep your home clean and tidy.

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