The only thing better than getting rid of a pest infestation is preventing one from happening in the first place. You don’t want to have that feeling in the pit of your stomach before opening a drawer in your kitchen when you have to ask yourself, “Am I about to see cockroaches?”
Not only are pests like roaches, mice, or rats gross, but they also pose health risks as they spread pathogens. Let’s check out a few ways you can actively prevent pests from getting inside your home.
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Keep Indoor Spaces Pests Like Neat and Dry
Like all creatures, pests need food and water to survive, which explains why they tend to gather in kitchens and washrooms. Don’t leave crumbs around countertops and sinks, as these can attract pests. Throw out your garbage regularly rather than leave it in place to decompose, as pests love nothing more than trash.
They also like moist, damp places, so ensure you have no pipes dripping under the sink. If you have a mat or towel on which dishes dry, hang it up occasionally so it airs out and dries, or replace it regularly.
Many pests like sweet foods, like rooting fruit. Be mindful to ensure all your food is cleaned away and neatly stored, especially the food pests consider treats.
Tidy the Outdoors
Sometimes people have elements on their property they don’t realize attract pests. Once the pests are on your doorstep, getting under your roof is only a hop, skip, and a jump. It’s wise to circle the property and take a few measures to ensure there are no pest attractants.
Pests can hide out in construction materials or piles of wood near the home. Avoid keeping any such piles too close to where you live. Check to see that there are no buckets, tins, or any other vessels that collect rainwater, as pests are drawn to moisture and wet soil.
Sometimes, adventurous pests can climb up trees and travel along branches to get inside your home. Trim long branches back and create some space between your home. You should also seal up any cracks around doorways or windows so pests can’t crawl inside.
Professional Pest Control
The reality is that you can do everything possible to keep pests out of your home, but they can still get inside even the cleanest homes. Perhaps they sneak inside a box that you order, like a furniture delivery, luggage, or some other way.
Industry-leading services like GreenLeaf Pest Control in Toronto offer Home Protection Plans which give you peace of mind. First, a technician will inspect your property for any signs of pest attractants or pests.
After eliminating any they find, they’ll do a preventative treatment using custom solutions you can’t find on store shelves. The number of treatments they issue depends on the type of pest they’re eliminating. They’ll also do multiple follow-up visits to ensure their treatments work. If, somehow, there are still pests on the premises, they’ll kill them free of charge.
Keep the above tips in mind, and your home will remain welcoming and pest-free.