pest prevention tactics

How to Pest Proof Your Home

If pests become a problem in your home or on your land, then you can contact an expert to help.

However in the last article we gave an answer to Can I do my own pest control? The answer was most certainly yes.

Following on from that we wanted to provide some information about how you could stop pests from being attracted to your home in the first place.

They do say prevention is better than cure, and that is certainly the case when it comes to pest control.

I follow the methods I am about to discuss to do my own pest control, and you can too.

Pest proofing

This is the process of restricting opportunities for pests to be attracted to your home. Here are some simple steps to follow:

  • Keep all sources of food sealed and covered. This is especially important in food preparation and serving areas. This takes away the appeal to the pests to come in the first place. Remember prevention is better…
  • Ensure waste is disposed of correctly. This should be done regularly and in the correct bins.
  • Keep bins closed, and locked if required. This prevents the possibility of pests entering your waste.
  • Inspect bins regularly to ensure that no holes have appeared or damage has been caused. A locked bin is worth little if there is a hole underneath.
  • In order to minimise the odour from the waste area, which does attract pests such as rats. Ensure the area is well ventilated and ideally out of direct sunlight.
  • This area should also be kept clean, tidy and free from litter and waste food.
  • Ensure doors are not left open or propped open when not necessary. This could be seen as an invite into your home for a range of pests.
  • Check the building for any gaps or holes. Sometimes vermin can enter through a small crack or perhaps a utility pipe.
  • Remove or repair any exterior wood which is showing signs of decay. This can actually attract certain insects towards it.
  • Remove any unnecessary clutter from any spaces in and around the home. This could provide an attractive place to nest. So it is best to remove this possibility.

So after reading this article, ask yourself once again, can I really do my own pest control?

Hopefully the answer is a resounding yes.

The steps above are all incredibly simple to implement, and you may feel they are very basic.

The fact is they are. However they are often overlooked.

Summary

On many occasions we find it is the simplest of causes which actually attracts the pests in the first place. By taking these preventative measures then you are greatly reducing the appeal for pests to your area.

Consider how long it would take you to follow the above steps, then consider the cost of hiring a pest removal expert.

The final piece of advice I would give is to deal with any pest problems as soon as you see them. If not dealt with the situation can very quickly escalate.

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