Seven Ways Pests Get Into Your Home

Tiny and pervasive, pests are genius at finding ways into your home. From crawling through tiny cracks to riding in on your pets, they will not leave willingly once they enter. The best defense is to understand how they are entering and deny them entrance in the first place.

Rotten Wood

There are plenty of insects that are drawn to rotting wood. Once they start dining on the rotting fascia over your patio, it’s a short trip to the interior of your home. Not only does rotting wood attract some insects, but it’s also easy for animals like squirrels and rats to break through the rotting wood and invade the property.

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Tall Grass

Fleas and ticks live in tall grass while they wait for you or your pets to walk past. Prevent them from hitchhiking into your home by keeping the grass cut short.

Tiny Cracks

Mice and rats are talented at squeezing in through tiny cracks. Fill holes and cracks with caulk or metal mesh to keep animals out, eliminate cold drafts and prevent the comfortable air inside your home from drifting out.

Stinky Garbage

Garbage piled up on the side of the house is a welcome beacon for scavengers like raccoon and disease-carrying insects like roaches. Close garbage bags to keep the contents inside and put them in outdoor trash cans with tight fitting lids.

Stacks of Firewood

Firewood piles inevitably become a source of shelter for mice, insects and even snakes. Protect your home by keeping the wood at least 20 feet away from the foundation. Keep the wood free of critters by lifting it at least five inches off the ground.

Trashpicked Items

Trashpicking may feel like the ultimate form of recycling, but it is risky. Baltimore bed bugs may be living on that cool bedframe that was sitting on the side of your road, and the only way to get them out again is with Baltimore bed bug removal.

Torn Screens

The screens on your windows and doors keep pests out, but they can crawl right in through tears and holes. Keep the screens in good repair to protect your home from unwelcome invasions.

Protect your home and your family from invading pests by learning how they get in. Once you understand the many ways these critters get into the property, you can take steps to keep them out. If necessary, invest in professional services to help you find the source and eliminate the problem.

About the Author: Madyson Grant enjoys spending time with her family and blogging about home related projects. She is currently blogging for a Baltimore bed bug and pest control company.

9 Tips For Implementing A Natural Pest Control Program

The conventional way of eliminating pests usually involves the use of pesticides. While effective and efficient, pesticides tend to be a non-discriminatory solution, killing even useful bugs, birds and insects.

A natural pest control system is a much safer and better choice since it can target pests without leaving residue that could harm the environment. Here are ways on how to implement a natural pest elimination and control program:

1. Eliminate trash

Garbage, particularly organic waste, attracts insects, rodents and wild animals. Use a sturdy garbage bin with a lid and dispose of trash properly. Put food scraps and other biodegradable waste in sealed plastic bags. Dispose of dry and wet wastes separately.

2. Keep a tidy yard

Remove possible hiding and nesting places for pests outside of the house. Piles of wood, cardboard boxes, old newspapers and magazines offer a haven for bugs and small animals such as rodents. Without these hiding places, animals will feel vulnerable and are less likely to build nests in the yard or near a home.

3. Get rid of standing water

Mosquitoes will lay eggs in standing or slow-moving water, even shallow ones. Sweep off water that has collected in low-lying spots on the ground after the rain and throw away water that has collected in pots, old tires or plant leaves. Clean up old gutters and clogged drains.

4. Get rid of insect nests in the yard

Termites and ants build nests in areas that are close to a food source. If there are signs of termite infestation in a home, there is a good chance these insects have built a nest somewhere close by. Preventing these insects from getting to their food source will encourage them to move elsewhere. Using cordless pest control repeller may help you wonderfully in achieving this.

5. Cultivate a landscape that fights pests

Some plants and herbs are natural pest repellents. Many of these plants produce aroma or oils that are either deadly or unattractive to pests. Some plants, such as the Venus flytrap, even help control insect populations by killing bugs.

Try planting species such rosemary, mint, catnip and lemongrass to repel mosquitoes. Marigold, a species that works well as a companion plant for vegetables, also works against aphids.

6. Allow natural predators to work

Some bugs, bird species and bats are natural enemies of harmful pests. Some good bugs to encourage include ladybugs, honeybees, butterflies, dragonflies, praying mantis, earwigs and parasitic wasps, to name a few.

7. Prevent access inside the home

Small insects can easily burrow under the soil to find a way in through cracks while rodents will need a hole that is only about a quarter of an inch wide in order to slip in. Fix broken windows and doors and patch up cracks, holes and crevices. Install screens and apply sealants to prevent bugs.

8. Clean up after pets

Leftover food and water in pet bowls are targets for pests. Always clean up after each feeding and change water regularly. If possible, keep pet food bowls inside the house.

9. Control moisture inside the home

Leaky faucets and cracked pipes can create spots in the home that are permanently damp. Moisture can corrode certain metals and cause wood to rot, attracting insects such as cockroaches and carpenter ants. Seal or replace cracked pipes and fix leaky faucets to prevent wet spots, especially in the basement or under the sink.

This is a guest post by David.

David Young is an inquisitive home owner who enjoys asking the people who come to his home what he can do himself to improve his home. In fact, all the tips in this post came from knowledge gathered from an hour long conversation with a very friendly pest control technician who works for Preventive Pest.

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