Pests are just like people – they need food, water, and shelter to survive. Did you know that you could be laying out the welcome mat for the bugs and rodents that want to call your house home, without even realizing it? They’re sneaky little things, and quick to work out where’s good for a quick feed, to make a bed for the night or, in some cases, to have their children. Making your home attractive to the little critters accidentally is the last thing you want, but here’s what you could be doing.
Not fixing water leaks
Bugs, specifically termites, love warm, damp places to call their home. If you don’t fix your water leaks, you could be giving them the perfect new home. Did you know that mosquitos could also be laying their eggs in the damp foundations of your home? They only need an inch or so of water, and they won’t fly that far to find dinner, so you could be inviting them into your house.
Leaving them tasty morsels
Obviously, everything needs to eat, and pests are no exception. If you’re leaving garbage sitting around at night, or you’re not replacing lids on food containers properly, you could leave yourself with a veritable zoo, although not exactly the one you want. From mice to racoons, weevils to roaches, you’re practically giving them dinner on a plate if you don’t keep food locked away. Be sure to check your dog or cat food containers are emptied too.
Not giving suitable deterrents
Sometimes we can do everything in our power to keep pests at bay, but they just keep on coming, especially if you live in an older property. Using suitable pest control is one of the best ways to keep them at bay, so it’s good to have the number of an exterminator on hand. They can lay and empty traps, and just keep an eye on the health of your building and the little critters that might be coming in.
Leaving clutter outside
If you have a cluttered garden, you’re offering all the neighborhood pests the perfect campsite. Stacks of wood, empty boxes, an old car, all act as perfect accommodation for pests, and a delicious meal for woodlice, centipedes, ants, and termites. Keep your garden clear and, not only will you put them off calling your house home; you’ll be able to see any intruders and do something about it sooner.
Not blocking up little gaps
If there are tiny gaps in your doors and windows, you could, without even knowing, be giving a tiny insect or rodent their own front door to your home. Ensure your doors are all in contact with the ground, and install brushes to deter insects. Keep window and door screens in good condition so they can’t get through that way either.
Deterring pests from making your house their home is partly about being proactive, keeping food hidden and living places few and far between, but it never hurts to have a pest control specialist on hand, just in case.