Pests around your home are not only disgusting, but they can also be a headache to get rid of. Sometimes you notice them when they have already infested your home, and you have to start dealing with pest control. However, understanding some of the causes of pest infestation can help you avoid the problem from the start. Discussed below are some of the reasons leading to pest infestation around your home.
Pests are not picky eaters. They are looking for anything that will allow them to survive. Even a few crumbs of food left on the counter, the pet’s bowl, and spilled beverages are enough to attract pests. To avoid this, try and clean the counters, sinks, and tables, especially at night when pests like cockroaches are likely to appear. During the day, you also want to keep flies and ants away and, so ensure you leave your home clean. If you have pets, once they are done eating, clean up their bowls. Also, when you are done eating, whether in the living room or bedroom, take the dishes to the kitchen sink and clean them as soon as possible. Cleanliness is the biggest enemy of pests.
Untrimmed Trees and Shrubs
As much as trees and shrubs can help add appeal to your home, they can also bring in pests, when they are not well-maintained. For instance, if your tree has long branches that touch any part of your home’s exterior, they can cause spiders, ants, and other pests to crawl into your home. To avoid this problem, cut long branches and shrubs that are less than 3 feet from your home. If necessary, contact tree removal services to come and trim or cut down trees. Also, anytime you consider adding trees or shrubs to your property, consider how big they will grow.
Poorly Maintained Gutters
Another reason pests are making themselves comfortable in your home is due to messy gutters. When they are clogged, they attract pests. Those leaves and other debris end up clogging your gutter and creating a perfect habitat for your bugs. If water is not draining properly, it can also attract mosquitoes. On the other hand, overflowing gutters lead to rot which attracts pests. If you have several trees around your property, try and clean the gutters every three months. And even if you have no trees, you should still wash your gutters at least twice a year.
Cracks and Holes
Cracks and holes around your home can also lead to fest infestation. Every now and then, inspect your property and if you see any cracks or holes, seal them. If you stay near a bush, then rodents can gain access to your home using those openings. If pests have already made their way into your home, start looking for a Denver exterminator who will help you get rid of them. After that, seal those openings and clear the bush near your home.
Stored stacks of firewood around your home can also make the perfect habitat for pests. Eventually, they can make their way inside your home. They provide a warm and dry habitat where pests can thrive. To avoid that, build an elevated structure to place the firewood. Also, try not to store your firewood near trees. Pests will easily make their way from trees to the stacked wood. In addition, try and store the wood at least five feet away from your home and keep it dry at all times.
These tips mentioned above go a long way in keeping pests away from your home. And when you find that your home has already been infested, you can reach out to pest control services to eliminate the problem.