Nobody likes having pests in their homes. Mice, spiders, cockroaches, and other insects do not only pollute the air inside the house but also spread bad bacteria and viruses. However, the number of pest infestations does not seem to decrease. According to The Guardian, there are 715,297 pest treatments carried out by local authorities in the year 2010-2011.
In all honesty, it is impossible to create a 100% bug-proof home. When you see the first signs of infestation, you can call Pointe Pest Control. However, if you want to avoid spending money on a pest control service, you can always do the following pest proofing strategies:
- Seal all possible entry points.
Small insects can get through even the tiniest hole. What you need to do is buy a can of spray foam or a tube of VOC silicone caulk. Then, seal all holes and cracks that you can find on the walls. Also, check the gas line, dryer vent, and telephone line.
Pay close attention to the door frames and windows. Wherever there are light and air passing through, there is a chance for bugs to get in. Install thresholds that are tightly fit. Also, insert door sweeps at the bottom of exterior doors. If necessary, use a door seal to fill the gaps at the top and sides of the door.
- Declutter the house.
By a clean house, it means one without any clutter. It does not usually take more than 15 minutes to clear out all your junk mails, pick pieces of clothing from the floor, and throw away boxes of pizza. Anything that you leave lying around the house can become a hiding place for insects.
Put your things on cabinets and drawers. If they are not enough, use recycled boxes. Keep all your laundry in hampers.
- Keep kitchen clean.
The kitchen is where the food and water are, so it’s basically the paradise of bugs. If you don’t want to invite roaches, ants, and mice, you should keep it clean. Sweep the floor, wipe all crumbs from the table, clear the dishes, and clean any spill. Scrub your stovetop so that oil residues don’t build up. Throw all food scraps in a sealed trash can. To avoid inviting fruit flies, store your food in airtight containers or the refrigerator.
- Throw the garbage.
The smell of garbage can attract all kinds of bugs. Thus, be sure to empty your garbage regularly. Tie the garbage bags tightly before you take them out. Once that’s done, be sure to scrub your trash bins. Garbage bags are prone to spillage, so sometimes, they leave some stinky substances behind.
- Fix faucet leaks.
Spiders, mice, and cockroaches live in humid areas. When your faucet is leaking, it becomes a source of moisture. Thus, it invites insects. Fix any plumbing leak as soon as you can. To do this, turn off the water supply first. Then, loosen the screw found at the faucet handle. Lift the handle and disassemble all movable parts including the washers. Soak all of them in vinegar. Wipe them dry and put them back together.
If necessary, you can also install a dehumidifier. This can lessen the chance of attracting pests to your home.
- Install screen doors and windows.
Using screen doors and windows is an extreme measure to keep even the tiniest of insects from entering the house. If you already have them, make sure to check them regularly for holes and tears. Repair them immediately if there is any damage.
Create a home that’s clear from any pest infestation. Protect your family’s health and increase your house’s value by following the six aforementioned tips.