Is it possible to pest-proof your home completely?

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It doesn’t matter if you love bugs or love them, the only bugs that should be inside your home are those that are in a tank or cage, and that you have invited in.

Unfortunately, bugs and other pests have a habit of finding their way into your home. After all, your home is comfortable for you, that makes it inviting to pests.

But can you really keep all the pests out?

The short answer is no. There will be pests that get into your home. But, these will be the odd ones that sneak in when you’ve got the door or window open. With the right steps, you can make your home unattractive to pests, this means they may come in but they won’t hang around.

Of course, if you already have a pest issue then it is important to contact your local pest control service and get their assistance in resolving the issue.

Seal Your Home

The first step in any battle against pests is to visually inspect the outside of your home. You’re looking for any point where pests can get into your home. Don’t forget, mice can get through gaps as small as a ¼ inch.

You’ll need to pay particular attention to doors and windows, cracks can often appear around the frames.  Door seals and door closers are a good idea.

Know Your Enemy

Where you live will play a part in which pests find your home attractive, and which are local to your area. Speak to a local professional to find out more about the most common pests in your area.

It is much easier to defend your home if you know what you’re up against.

Check Mesh

You may have mesh screens on your windows to prevent the bugs from coming in, you may also have mesh over wall and floor vents. You need to check all of the mesh on a regular basis to ensure that it is not damaged.

There is little point in having mesh if it isn’t in good condition, it simply won’t be effective.

If you haven’t got screens you’ll need to consider installing them.

Water Sources

Pests need water, as do most living organisms. By making sure there are no sources of standing water in your home you’ll make it difficult for any pest to stay in your home. This includes lifting up pet water bows when not in use.

Food

A crumb may seem insignificant to you but it can be a feast to a pest. Wipe all your sides down and wash everything up as soon as it has been used, it will make your home less attractive to pests.

Clear the Yard

Clutter in the yard gives pests  a home, it can be a great stopping place on their way to your home or simply a good spot to live and access your home for food.

Tidy your yard, in particular move dead plants and stacks of wood as far away from your home as possible.

Above all be vigilant. At the first sign of an issue take steps to deal with it.