Keeping a Home Pest-Free

There are many different types of pests that can infiltrate your home, from raccoons to cockroaches, and rats to rattlesnakes. Extermination might seem like the easiest option, but it can also be a costly one. So what alternatives are there to professional pest control? If you’re looking for a cheap and green solution to your pest problem then this article could be for you.

Secure the Exterior

The easiest way to get rid of unwanted pests is to stop them gaining entry in the first place. Looking at the exterior of a homer will usually reveal some surprising points of entry for a variety of pests. Salesmen might have the courtesy to knock the door, but bugs and rodents will use cracks in the foundation, unsealed windows and gaps in walls to gain entry. Sealing any of these weaknesses is the easiest way to ensure that pests don’t make their way into your home. Filling these gaps can also help with your home’s insulation, reducing energy costs and environmental impact.

This is all very well, but can you do if pests have already found an entry point in your home? How can you get rid of pests once they have moved in? You need to make your home as inhospitable as possible for the pests.

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Animals need food, water and shelter in order to survive, so if you’d like to see your pests move out then ensure that you remove any open sources of food and water to them. Water dishes beneath indoor plants is a classic example; acting as a watering hole for insects and rodents. By removing the source of hydration you might your pests look for a room elsewhere.

Food is also an important consideration. If you have rodents then you probably also have food packaging with small nibble holes – Look closely. Food that is vulnerable in this way should be put in hard plastic or metal containers to stop these pests from helping themselves. Cardboard boxes, plastic packaging and paper bags are all vulnerable to attach from pests.

How clean is your house?

Keeping a house clean is also a key way to make it less appealing for pests. Even small splatters of food can attract and feed small bests, so consider cleaning more frequently and thoroughly, especially in areas where food is prepared or eaten. Sweep up crumbs, mop up spills and keep cutlery clean instead of piling it up in the sink.

Lastly, think carefully about what is and isn’t a pest in your home. Spiders might be creepy and crawly, but they are incredibly effective fly killers. Lizards can offer the same sort of service in hotter climates. Know when the food chain is your best defence against pests

Alan Derry writes on a number of specialist subject including pest control uckfield for more of his work see

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