By Erin Reynolds

 

Are you getting ready to put your home on the market, or are you simply preparing to host guests? With all that prep, you don’t want uninvited critters showing up and ruining your efforts. Pests can sneak into your home and cause you and your visitors stress - but preventing pesky uninvited guests doesn’t have to. With a few simple steps, you can keep bugs, mice and other pests from ruining your efforts and your home.

 

Keep Your Home Clean and Clutter-Free

 

To help create a pleasant and comfortable environment, you’re probably doing some cleaning. But if you are not decluttering and cleaning on a regular basis, pests can easily take up residence in your home. South Carolina based company, Home Pest Control, writes in their blog that cockroaches, termites and the American house spider are among the most common insects to plague homes in our state. Rodents also love to nest in cluttered areas inside and outside of homes, so to keep your home critter-free, make an effort to keep your home clutter-free and clean. Get rid of unused furniture where those icky webs can hide, and invest in organizational tools like filing cabinets and plastic bins that help to provide a barrier to keep pests at bay. You need to declutter your storage areas as well, including your kitchen cabinets and pantries. Pantry moths can snack on old food and create a major problem in your kitchen, so toss expired fare, avoid keeping opened items too long, and be sure to keep your kitchen clean to keep out unwanted guests.


Make Sure Holes and Cracks Are Sealed

 

Getting clutter out of your house will give pests one less place to hide. Preventing pests from getting in at all, however, is your best bet at inhibiting an infestation. Richland County service provider, Baine Pest Control suggests on their website that homeowners consider, “…targeted treatments on the exterior and perimeter of your home limit the need for excessive amounts of chemicals on the interior.”  A simple project that can keep roaches, ants and other insects from sneaking into your home is to repair weather stripping around your doors and windows. Maintaining weather stripping will also help keep your home cozy for your human guests, since it will prevent warm air from seeping out of your house in the winter and cool air from escaping in the summer. Another trick for preventing pests from accessing your home is to stuff cracks and holes with steel wool and caulk. Mice can chew through just about any other material, but a mixture of these two materials will stop those little rodents in their tracks.


Look for Signs of Bugs, Mice and Other Pests

The last thing you want is for your guests to notice your pest problem before you do. A random mouse or spider is enough to make any visitor feel unwelcome, so before allow folks inside your home, be on the lookout for signs of pest problems. Clark’s Termite and Pest Control suggests doing a once-over around the outside perimeter of and throughout the inside your home to find potential trouble spots. Consider even the simplest pest attraction points like dirty dishes and pet food bowls. Have a leaking roof, blocked gutters or a leaky faucet you’ve been putting off fixing? You may want to reconsider. Clark’s informs us that all moisture prone areas are “…a breeding ground for mosquitoes and a welcome mat for crickets and flies.” Furthermore, if you see weird mounds of brown dirt on the side of your home, you could be dealing with termites, whereas shredded bits of paper are often an indication that mice are building nests around your home. Even if you don’t see nests, you still could have rodents running around. Look for mouse droppings in areas with access to food and nesting materials. Droppings tend to look like chocolate sprinkles, but can range in color, size and shape. Keep your home tidy though, and you will be more likely to notice pest signs before they become a massive problem.

 

Hire a Pro to Prevent Pests from Infesting Your Home

 

If you want to give yourself peace of mind, you can save time and worry by investing in quality pest prevention. Because pest prevention is tricky and potentially dangerous, you need to spend time researching companies in your area. Ask the pros plenty of questions so you can make sure they are licensed and have the ability to truly protect your home. You can ask around to find pest services in your area, or you can connect with popular pest services that operate across the country. Experienced professionals will know which nuisances to watch out for and the best ways to prevent infestations in your home, so it will be money well spent.

 

No one wants to deal with creepy crawlers in their home, especially when guests are on their way. Make your life easy and your guests’ visits comfortable by keeping your living spaces clean, and getting the right experts to help ensure that bugs and rodents never become a problem in your home.

 

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