Pests are one of the most common and irritating enemies of homeowners. These tiny creatures can create havoc in our homes, if not controlled effectively. What do you do to deal with these tiny creatures? If you are like most of the homeowners, you might be getting the pest control treatment whenever you see your home being infested by the pests.
But is that the right approach to the problem?
Pest control treatments are just quick fixes that need to be done repeatedly. If you want a long-lasting solution to the problem, you must get to its root cause. Once you know the conditions that attract pests to your home, you can restrict their entry. Here we have listed the common reasons behind the pest invasion to your home.
Shrubs or tree branches touching sides, windows or roof of your home
Do you have shrubs or trees around your home that are in contact with your walls and roof? Pests like ants and rodents may be using them as their way to your house. The branches may also be used by these pests to escape any pest treatment and come back later once the effect of the solutions fades away.
The shrubs touching your walls can also keep them moistened thus creating a perfect breeding ground for many other pests. It is good to have vegetations around your home but try to keep them at least 3-feet distance from your walls.
Soil covering sides of your walls
This can be seen as an extension of the previous point. If you let vegetation and soil touch your walls directly, then you are simply giving an invitation to various pests in your home. The soil causes the sidings to rot by continuously holding the moisture. And, this is the perfect formula for inviting moisture ants, carpenter ants and termites to your home.
It is always good to dig off soil and keep plenty of clearance from the sides of your walls to keep pests away. But, if your home is already infested by any of the pests then you should try Safe Natural Solutions to Pest Infestation before getting into chemical pest control treatments.
Unnecessary holes, vents and gaps all around the house
If you have gaps around doors, windows and crawls or holes in vent screen in the attic, you should try to close them as soon as possible. These holes and gaps give easy access to rodents, bats, birds and many other pests into your home.
In many of these cases, you won’t know about the pest infestation unless they have caused a significant amount of damages and found their way to your living area. If you want to keep away these pests, you need to survey your entire house and close any of the unnecessary holes and gaps that may be working as an entrance for the pests.
Standing water at wrong places
Water is a life not only for us but also for the pests. Standing water in your yard and on your roof can decay materials thus creating a breeding ground for different pests. Check your yard and the areas around your house. If you find even a small area that can hold rainwater, you need to work on it immediately.
You should not let water stand on your roof either. Also, make sure to inspect your water system for any leakage. The leaking water can moisten the walls and attract pests. You should also check for water leakage from appliances like air-conditioners or coolers. By making sure that water is not standing idly anywhere near your house you can minimize the chances of pest infestation by almost 50%.
Piled up debris in or around the house
If you have the habit of collecting old and unused items in any room or corner of your house, you need to immediately change this habit. Pests hate clean places. So, if you want to keep away pests from your home you need to keep it clean. If you store old and unused items in your house you must clean them regularly or they’ll become the residence of certain kinds of pests.
If you have firewood on your roof or in your backyard, you should consider removing them or managing them in a better way. Things like firewood when kept idle become harbourage for various pests and insects. So, make sure you do not leave anything idle in or around your house for pests to come and live in there.
Restricting the entry of pests is always better than waiting for them to invade your house and then going for pest control treatments. So, prevent pests from entering your sweet home.
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