Nobody wants to have pests in their house. They are not only annoying, but pests could also bite, damage property, make noise, and even spread diseases. But even so, you could be doing a couple of things unknowingly that encourage these stubborn creatures to establish residence inside your home.
In this post, we shall be looking at ten ways you could be attracting pests to your home without even realising you are doing it. Here goes (ref Pestrol Pro):
- Food sources in your house. This is the main reason why pests come into your home in the first place. Food crumbs on the floor, on dirty dishes and in your garbage could be providing a food source for intruding pests. Keep clean by vacuuming on a regular basis and doing your dishes to keep pests away. Also, keep your rubbish bins covered.
- Excess moisture in your house. Insects love to live in moist places. A leaky roof or plumbing could cause excess moisture inside your house. Check and fix these leaks and ensure your house is well ventilated especially in areas where a lot of moisture is produced such as the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry area.
- Clutter, even when it does not contain food, provides good places for pests to hide. Keep your home clutter free to dissuade pests.
- Cracks and gaps in your house. Gaps on your wall or around your windows, doors and appliance vents provide entry points for pests searching for shelter. Look for this openings and seal them to keep pests at bay.
- Stagnant water around your home. Standing water around your home provides a breeding place for mosquitoes that will then fly into your home to feed on your blood. It also provides drinking water for feral animals that could cause trouble on your property. Drain standing water and dispose of containers that can hold water to avoid attracting pests.
- An overgrown lawn. Tall grass provides a good place for pests to hide. Some pests such as mosquitoes also feed on plant sap, so the overgrown grass provides both food and shelter. Maw your lawn regularly to prevent excessive growth.
- Bushes and tree limbs that touch your home. Branches that are overhanging or in contact with your home provide great access for possums, ants, and other pests to your home. Trim bushes and trees around your home so that they are at least 10ft from your walls and roof.
- Open doors and windows. Doors and windows, when left open, provide the largest entry points for pests into your home. If you want to leave your doors and windows open for extended periods of time, make sure they are screened to keep pests out.
- Outdoor lighting. Flying insects such as flies and moths are attracted to light sources. Turning on your outdoor lights at night could attract these critters to your home. Switch them off if they are not necessary or use yellow LED or florescent lights that attract far less insect pests.
- Your pets. Pets are magnets for ticks and fleas which they could bring into your home. Make sure you inspect your pet regularly for ticks and fleas and use anti-flea shampoo to clean them. You can also use insect repelling garments to keep pests away when you take your pet outdoors.
Pay attention to these things, and the chances of having a pest infestation in your house will be greatly reduced.