It is crucial to know what makes your home attractive to pests and to understand how they get in if you want to prevent them making your home, theirs. The first step is practicing exclusion techniques.
Pests, like any type of animal, are attracted to food, water and shelter. Removing any source of food and water is the first step in deterring pests. It is important to keep food in sealed containers, cleaning up after every meal so there aren’t crumbs lying around. It is also important to eliminate moisture from leaky pipes and drains to ensure if pests do get in, they will not have ideal conditions to thrive.
Most pests can enter homes and buildings through cracks and crevices. It is especially important to check for issues around any openings like windows, doors and along foundations. You may also need to check uncapped chimneys and holes where your utilities come into or out of the house. Did you know that mice can fit through holes slightly larger than a dime? Therefore, it is important to address any possible openings to the outside. By implementing exclusion techniques, you have eliminated half the problem.
It may be easy to forget, but pests can also enter through items you bring into your house like firewood and groceries. Pantry moth are a perfect example. They often enter a home in an item you purchased at the grocery store. Many times, once you realize there is a problem, you may have a serious infestation, which can be quite challenging to deal with.
Pests are most likely found in basements, attics as well as kitchens and bathrooms. It is crucial to keep these places clean, clutter-free and well ventilated to help prevent issues.
If you suspect you may have any type of pest infestation, it is important to check with your pest control experts at All Seasons All Pests. Call today for your free, initial consultation.