Pests can be a nightmare to deal with, especially if it takes you a long time to discover them. Therefore, you need to constantly be on the lookout for unwelcome guests in your home so that you can deal with them promptly before you have an unwieldy problem on your hands.
Keep reading for some tips on how to make sure your home is free from pests.
Use a Professional Service Regularly
Professional pest control services look for pests daily, so they will be more likely to spot problems that you may overlook. If you do not currently have a pest control service that you trust, you should consider finding one to be one of your priorities as a homeowner. To get an idea of services in your area, try searching pest control and then where you live. For example, you could search “pest control Boise” if you live in Boise, Idaho.
Once you have found your ideal pest control service you should schedule regular inspections at least once a year so that you can be sure that your home is pest-free. Regular checkups will ensure that any problems you encounter are stopped before they get out of hand.
Look for Signs of a Pest Presence
Just because you are not a professional does not mean that you cannot spot the signs of an infestation on your own. In fact, it is in your best interest to always be on the lookout for signs of pests so that you can call in a professional’s help sooner rather than later. Here are a few things that you should keep an eye out for that may indicate you have a pest problem.
Pest droppings are one of the clearest signs that you are dealing with a pest infestation. Insect droppings are often small and barely noticeable, but rat and mouse droppings are bigger and darker. The appearance of the droppings may help you identify the type of pest you are dealing with. If you see droppings around your home, you should call an exterminator as quickly as possible.
Often pests will take food and leave it in other parts of your home which can result in it rotting and giving off a foul odour. You may also notice unpleasant smells from pest droppings or urine before you see them. Do not ignore unfamiliar smells or write them off as nothing. Trust your gut and always investigate things that seem out of place because often your intuition is right. It is always better to act and have it be a false alarm than to not act and regret it later.
If you have noticed odd stains, holes, or scratches on the fabric around your home, it may be a sign of a pest presence. However, if you have another animal such as a dog or cat, you will need to rule them out as a culprit before you jump to the conclusion that your home is filled with unwelcome guests. Once you have concluded that your pet is not the problem, then it may be time to call in the help of a professional to get to the bottom of the issue.
Of course, if you’d rather not have rodents or ants infesting your home, you can act to deter them before this happens!
Here are some simple things you can do today to ward off unwanted visitors in your home:
- Seal off any cracks or holes that could serve as entry points into your house. Check around doors and windows, in corners, in your attic and basement, etc.
- Keep all food securely inside containers. Consider getting a bread bin, cookie jars, sugar jars, and more to ensure that no food packages are left open, even inside cupboards.
- Vacuum and mop floors once a week (or more) to get rid of food crumbs.
- Quickly remove trash and recycling from the house when bins are full.
Pests can wreak havoc on your home, but if you stay vigilant you can stop a pest infestation before it causes severe damage. The sooner you identify and remove pests in your home, the less likely they will have the chance to derail your life. Your best course of action is to always be on the lookout for signs of pests and to have your home regularly inspected by a professional.