When it comes to pests, there's no better method of control than prevention. Targeting existing pests with pesticides and home remedies only treat the symptoms of a pest infestation, not the cause.
Effective pest prevention is all about stopping pest before they wreak havoc on your home. Homeowners spend thousands of dollars annually on repairs and damages they could have easily prevented with a few maintenance tweaks and conscious effort of keeping things consistent clean.
Pests can be prevented in several different ways, but a few methods apply to the majority of them:
Don’t wait! Take the steps now to prevent pests from damaging your property so you don’t have to spend the time and money to combat them later.
Remove sources of food and moisture by keeping indoor areas clean and food sealed in airtight containers. Take out the trash on a daily basis and keep the lids tightly sealed. If you’re harvesting compost for your garden, make sure to place it somewhere pests can’t easily access, like the storage shed.
Inspect and repair any cracks in the walls, ceilings, floor, and wherever pests frequently enter from. Seal windowsills and place weather guards around doorways.
Keep exterior areas like the patio and driveway free of branches, weeds, and tall grass; these provide the perfect hiding spot for spiders, ants, wasps, and others to build nests and lay eggs.
Learn the Signs
Whether you're suffering from termites, mice, rats, earwigs or other pests, it's important to learn the signs of each. Different pests leave different calling cards, such as droppings, holes and rotten wood. You can often identify what pests you're dealing with by the damage they leave behind.
Educate yourself on the different pest control methods that exist. While many pesticides can act as effective prevention methods, a can of bug spray from your local grocery store is not a catch-all solution; you need to have a holistic plan that includes prevention as the first major step in pest control.
Schedule Routine Prevention Services
Getting a routine inspection of your home is one of the best forms of pest prevention. By having a pest exterminator visit your home on a monthly or quarterly basis, companies can help make your home less attractive to pests and stronger against infestations. They’re especially ideal if your region experiences surges of pests during specific seasons, like summers in the South.
Make pest prevention your primary defense against ants, termites, cockroaches, ticks, and more. By being proactive and knowledgeable in what keeps pests away, you’ll enjoy a pest-free home and a greater peace of mind.
Explore prevention methods for a variety of pests in the articles below!