Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
One of the worse things about the warmer months of the year is the fact that a large variety of pests will try to get into your home. But, even in the winter months, you might find mice and rats trying to sneak in. This not only makes you feel like your space is disgusting due to this invasion, but it can get to a point where it’s very unsafe for you too. Fortunately, you don’t need to deal with any of this. It doesn’t have to be very difficult to change up your home for the better. Here are some home improvements to help you fight off pests in your home!
1. Seal up cracks and crevices in your home that pests could enter through
As the weather starts to get colder in your area, it’s important to make sure that your home is as pest-resistant as possible. These pests will enter through crevices, loose boards, and cracks in the foundation. In order to keep your home pest free, you should seal up these entryways. You can use various methods to seal a crack or crevice- such as expanding foam insulation or caulk. This is a very simple form of pest control that you should certainly keep in mind.
2. Keep food in airtight containers
Food should be kept in airtight containers, and if they are not, store them in the fridge or freezer. These containers will protect food from spoiling and keep it fresh. So, why do this? Well, meal bugs, also known as moths, love getting into boxes and bags of food, such as flour. You wouldn’t want to waste a good bag of flour, right?
3. Clean up any spills as soon as possible
Keep pests from noticing and coming to investigate spilled food by cleaning it up as soon as possible. If the spill is small, you may be able to clean it up with a paper towel and a little bit of water. For larger spills, use a white vinegar mixture that will cover the smell so that pests won’t bother coming over for a snack. This is something that ants will especially want to investigate, and it can be fairly difficult to remove that type of bug.
4. Store rubbish in cans with tight-fitting lids
Pests are not just annoying; they also carry diseases that can make you sick. As garbage is exposed to the elements and attracts wild animals, it can become a breeding ground for pests. So, the best thing to do is to keep pests away from your garbage and prevent them from breeding near it; store the garbage in cans with tight-fitting lids. This goes for the trash cans inside your home and outside of your home too.
5. Use screens on windows and doors to keep insects out of your house
Bugs are an inevitable part of life. That, combined with the fact that they leave droppings, can cause allergy and asthma issues, and some species of insects can spread disease; it’s important to do everything you can to keep them out of your home. Even on the hottest days of summer, you can prevent them by having a screen on your window and doors. These are specifically made to keep out bugs.
6. Get rid of any standing water on your property
In order to prevent mosquitoes from taking over your property, it is important to get rid of any standing water there. This can be done by collecting the water in a bucket, spraying the area with chemical substances, or simply draining it. Moisture is a breeding ground for pests like that.