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Easy ways to keep your home pest-free

  • Published at 06:12 pm September 21st, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:25 pm September 21st, 2017
Easy ways to keep your home pest-free
Are you tired of having to deal with tiny, crawling critters coming into your home? Are you desperate in finding ways to avoid these tiny pests disturbing your home? When you finish reading this article and just follow these easy steps, we promise you that you would never have to deal with pests and rodents ever again! RODENTS No matter how tiny they are, rodents (rats, mice) have the capability to wreak havoc at your home. They can cause a lot of material damage and health issues. Rats and mice can chew up things at your home, spoil food, spread a number of diseases and inflame or create allergies. So, before they find access to your home and start making trouble, it is vital to rodent proof your home. Check all entry points The first step towards rodent proofing should be to inspect all the entry points of your home, such as the doors and windows. It must be made sure that all the windows and doors close properly, without leaving any gap in between that can act as an entry point for rodents. In order to bridge any gap, metal kick plates can be used. Cleanliness is a must Cleanliness should be maintained, especially in the areas where food is cooked and kept, as any leftovers or open food can invite rodents. The concealed areas in the kitchen should be kept clean, and unfinished food of pets should be disposed of immediately. Keep your garbage sealed Garbage must be kept in sealed bags or containers, and any kind of debris should be removed. It is essential to take care of hygiene and sanitation in order to rodent proof your home.   BED BUGS Bed bugs can move from an infested site to a new home by traveling on furniture, bedding, luggage, boxes, and clothing. Although they typically feed on blood every five to ten days, bed bugs are capable of surviving several months to a year without feeding.   A few simple precautions can help prevent bed bug infestation in your home:  
  • Look for bed bugs under a cushion
  • Check secondhand furniture, beds, and couches for any signs of bed bug infestation before bringing them home.
  • Use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs and eliminates many hiding spots. The light color of the encasement makes bed bugs easier to see. Be sure to purchase a high-quality encasement that will resist tearing and check the encasement regularly for holes.
  • Reduce clutter in your home to reduce hiding places for bed bugs.
    TERMITES  Termites can chew through wooden beams and other structures in your home, which increases your risk of having serious structural damage that is expensive to fix. You can help prevent these pests from getting into your home by taking the following steps:  
  • Fix leaks in plumbing fixtures and showers. Termites are drawn to wood that contains moisture since it is easier to chew, as well as humid areas of your home. Keep in mind that water-damaged wood can attract termites, so having leaks fixed early is essential.
  • Cardboard boxes filled with paper and photos are a good source of food for termites. Use plastic boxes to store items in your house or the storeroom.
  • Wooden furniture makes your home all that more inviting for termites. It’s sort of like turning up to an all-you-can-eat buffet and finding out that dessert is included in the price. Keep furniture away from walls or you could go for items made of other materials such as metal.
  • Have your home treated every five to seven years to reduce the risk of termite infestations. These treatments can help keep termites at bay and save your home from suffering severe damage.