How to Control and Prevent Pests in Your Home and Yard

Whether it’s ants, flies, spiders, mosquitos or roaches, if there’s one thing none of us like dealing with inside of our homes, it would have to be pests. Not only are they unsightly, but pests also tend to carry germs that are unhealthy as well.

The good news is that having pests inside of your house (or even in your yard) is something that you can keep at bay. There are actually several things that you can do that will help to both control as well as prevent pests from invading your personal space below:

Keep everything clean. Something that all pests gravitate to is crumbs whether it’s crumbs of food or even small pieces of dirt or debris. For this reason, it’s important that you pick up any litter that may be in your yard (especially things like soda bottles or candy wrappers) and that you clean up the rooms in your home; especially your kitchen.

Caulk your windows and doors. If you’re someone who keeps your house spotless but you still seem to have bugs inside of it, you might find that to be a bit dumbfounding. That is until you inspect the windows and doors of your house and realize that there are small holes all around them. Luckily, in most cases, there is a relatively simple remedy: you can caulk the holes. Your local home improvement store carries caulking. All you have to do is apply it to where the holes or cracks are and you should start to see a noticeable difference in a matter of days. Speaking of covering up your windows, also check your screens to make sure that there are no holes in them. If you notice some, it’s a good idea to get them replaced as soon as possible.

Use natural repellants. Although there are a lot of commercial brands that can help to control and also prevent pests, many of them are loaded with chemicals and toxic fumes. That’s why our personal preference is that you use some natural repellants. If you’re concerned that they may not be as effective, there are actually several that are just as good as what you could buy in the store. One Good Thing By Jillee is one website that has a whole list of them. Just go to the site and put “natural pest control methods” in the search field.

Properly remove your trash. If you were to ask WATTS pest prevention for a tip on how to eliminate pests , something that they would probably recommend is that you properly remove your trash. This would include putting all trash in a trash bag and removing it from inside of your home once it’s full. Outdoor or indoor trash that lingers has a tendency to smell and attract pests.

Remove moisture. Finally, something else that attracts pests is moisture. So, if you have standing pools of water outside of your home, cover them up with dirt. And, if you have water leaks inside of your home, mop them up and then get to the source of the leak so that it can be fixed as soon as possible. The dryer your home, the more you can increase your chance of having a pest-free environment.

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