Nothing ruins the mood quite like pests! Whether it’s a family of ants, a squirrel, or a scary spider, make sure your Valentine’s Day stays romantic with a pest-free home. While you should always call a professional if you’re dealing with a serious infestation, there are some things you can do on a regular basis to keep pests out of your house. Keep reading for more info!
Professional Tips for a Pest-Free Home
Having pests doesn’t always mean your home is dirty, but keeping it as clean as you can is a great first step in discouraging bugs and rodents from moving in. Again, if you feel like you’ve tried everything and pests just won’t go away, call a professional pest control company ASAP.
#1: Clean Seasonally
If cleaning isn’t exactly your forte, creating a schedule can be really helpful! There are some cleaning tasks you should do daily, weekly, monthly, and so on. Whenever a new season is around the corner, take some time to assess your home! Do a visual inspection for cracks, holes, and other things pests could use as a way inside your home.
This is also a good time to do some deep cleaning! Daily cleaning goes a long way in keeping things pest-free, but now’s a good time to get those hard-to-reach places and clean bigger things like curtains and rugs. While you might not see as many pests during the winter, pest prevention during the colder months is crucial to avoiding serious problems come spring and summer.
#2: Clean the Kitchen Daily
Don’t worry—we aren’t suggesting a top-to-bottom scrubbing of the kitchen every single day! However, because the kitchen is arguably any pest’s favorite place in your home, it’s important to keep it extra tidy.
Every night before going to bed, clean up any food or crumbs left out. Make sure to rinse off dirty dishes so they aren’t just sitting in the sink—otherwise they’ll make a great midnight snack for some pests! If the trash is full, go ahead and take it out. Make sure the lid is always closed! Every day or every other day, wipe down counters to make sure there’s no food residue or crumbs.
#3: Don’t Forget About Bathrooms
When you think of where pests might want to live inside your house, you probably don’t think about your bathroom. After all, there isn’t typically food in there! However, thanks to all the pipework in bathrooms, there are often plenty of cracks and holes for pests to crawl through—not to mention that most pests love moisture!
Do your best to seal up any cracks you see around your sink pipes and, if you notice any drips or leaks, make sure you address them as soon as you can to avoid unwelcome guests.
Still Seeing Pests?
Sometimes, even the cleanest and tidiest of homes can play host to unwanted pests. When you’ve done everything you can but the pests just won’t leave, it’s time to call Vulcan Termite & Pest Control. We’ve been servicing the Birmingham area since 1965. We know a lot about pests, as well as how to get rid of them in an effective and environmentally conscious way!
Get in touch with us today to start solving your pest problems!