Block Their Entryways
Your first line of defence against these unwelcome guests is to block their entry point(s) into your home. This may mean patching holes in walls or around pipes that enter your home. Try to keep doors and windows closed as much as possible as any open entryway is an invitation to come inside.
Don’t Make it Easy for Them
Pests are looking for three things when they come into your home: food, water, and shelter. If they can’t find these things, they will move on to a more hospitable place. To make your home less comfortable for pests, try the following:
- Store food at least six inches off the floor and away from walls
- Keep your home as clean as possible, especially the kitchen. Clean and sanitize food prep surfaces immediately after use.
- Take the trash out often and dispose of it securely
- If you have outside trash cans, keep them clean and away from the house.
Common Pests and their Signs
There are three common household pests: mice, roaches, and flies. While it’s important to prevent their infestation, it’s just as important to be able to identify their presence. Here’s what to look for.
Mice leave behind black rice grain-sized droppings. There may be a strong smell of ammonia as well. You may even find their nests made of things they’ve found around your house like lint or fabric.
With a roach infestation, you’ll likely find black, brown, or dark red egg casings and small black pepper-looking specks on surfaces (droppings). There may also be a strong, oily smell.
Flies are common, especially in the summer months. However, if you see an abundance of flies around garbage cans or in other areas of your home, it could signal an infestation.
No one likes to think about sharing their home with rodents or bugs, but it happens a lot. If you want to prevent an infestation from happening in your home, take the precautions listed above. If you think your home has already been invaded, be sure to contact a reputable exterminator to get rid of your unwelcome guests and then put the tips above to good use.