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8 Tips for a Pest-Free Home


Pests are far more than just their nuisance value and the way they make you cringe. They can also present a serious health risk to adults, children, and family pets alike. It is necessary to find their hiding places and the spots where they are able to enter the home, through cracks, and live in crevices. Here we will look at the steps you can take to rid your home of unwanted pests. 

Examining the Home

The first step you need to take is to find the entry points that allow pests to get into your home. View your house from the outside. Do a complete walkaround and identify any cracks that they have entered through. These may be gaps surrounding windows and doors, holes in the walls, or even cracks in the foundation of your property. Use caulk to seal all these entry points and keep pests out. 

Creating a Barrier

Trees and bushes can make it harder for pests to enter your property. These items should not be up close to the house. They will also make it obvious if anything has come in.


Check the screens on your windows and doors. Repair any broken parts or replace the screens if they are badly damaged. This will make it more difficult for pests to enter the home. Use door sweeps for added protection. 

Weather Stripping

Weather stripping is relatively cheap. It can prevent pests from entering via doors. This will keep out critters like mice and other small pests. Hardware stores stock weather stripping, so it is easy to obtain, and it is easy to install. 

Keep Food Sealed

Pests come into the home looking for an easy source of food. If you have packets or jars that they can get into, you will encourage pests to make themselves at home. Seal food in airtight containers. Follow these tips to get it right.

Seasonal Inspections

Conduct seasonal inspection to check for pests. If any new cracks or crevices have formed since your last check, get them sealed promptly. Do maintenance tasks thoroughly and immediately they come to light. By sealing cracks in doors and windows, you will be able to keep pests out while enhancing your energy efficiency. 

Firewood should be stored at a distance from the house as it can be used as a hideaway for pests. Although this will mean walking a bit further to fetch firewood, it will be worth it if it keeps rodents and other critters away. Debris and stacks of leaves are another attraction that you should avoid. Rodents are particularly attracted to the moistness that forms in the soil beneath the piles.

Get Professional Help

If you see even one cockroach, chances are that you already have an infestation of cockroaches in the home. These pests are nocturnal, so you will not see much activity during the day. One of them during the daytime might be because it is pushed out of the nest due to overcrowding. Additionally, they are strong survivors and unlikely to succumb to store-bought pesticides. Your best option is to contact a residential pest control service to eradicate the pests completely. This will resolve your problem. Be sure to keep pets away while your home is being treated and to cover all liquid and food items tightly. 

Keep Your Kitchen Spotless 

A clean home is no guarantee that you will not have pests. However, a clean kitchen will greatly reduce the likelihood of them moving in, as there is no steady supply of easy-to-get-to food. Don’t leave food out on the counter and keep your sink free of dirty dishes. Regularly sweep your floors to catch any crumbs that have ended up on the floor. Take the rubbish out frequently.

These tips will ensure a pest-free home.

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