Pest problems are a pain in the neck. They can make you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle, and they can be expensive to get rid of. Luckily, there are some easy home remedies that will help prevent pests from coming into your house in the first place! Keep reading for some helpful tricks to help control pests in your home.
1. Take care of standing water
Standing water is one of the most common breeding grounds for insects. Not only does standing water hold onto pests, but it’s also a place where they can hide and wait to attack. Even small amounts of standing water in your home can be a problem; any container that holds liquid should be emptied regularly, including gutters, buckets and plant pots.
If you want to get rid of all the pests in your home as efficiently as possible, it’s important that you remove any sources of standing water from the inside and outside of your house. This includes ponds or pools with plants growing around them (even if they’re fake). It’s also important to make sure that drains are clear so there is no chance of a clog building up over time, which could eventually cause an infestation later on.
2. Keep your gutters clear
It’s important to keep your gutters clear, especially if you live in an area with a lot of trees. Gutters should be cleaned at least once a year and more often if there is any debris or moss that needs to be removed. Keeping them clean and free from clogs will help prevent water from pooling on the roof and causing damage.
3. Keep trees and bushes away from the house
Take a look around your home. Are there any trees or bushes that are too close to the house? If so, you’ll want to trim them back so they can’t provide shelter for pests. Pests like rats and mice are drawn to dense foliage because it provides cover from predators. This means that if you have bushes near your home, make sure they don’t touch the walls of your house or get into an attic space where they can build nests.
Another good way to keep pests out of your home is by cleaning up clutter outside—especially in gardens. Leaves and other plant matter can easily hide holes where rodents could move in under the house.
Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes which can carry diseases like West Nile virus, Zika virus and malaria. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water like bird baths, rain gutters and animal bowls. You can clean the area around your home regularly by using a mop or broom with detergent, to remove any puddles that may form after it rains or when you wash dishes in the sink. The same goes for gutter cleaning; check the roof regularly when you do this so that you don’t miss any spots where pests could crawl into your house!
Push everything away from your foundation. Don’t let weeds grow in front of your house because they attract pests like mice, who want somewhere safe to build their nests. Weed-free yards also help keep termites out of residential homes as well as woodpeckers looking for new places to nest on trees near houses (which means fewer holes in the siding).
If you follow these three simple tips, you can greatly reduce the number of pests in your home and yard.
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