Why Pest Prevention is Pest Control
When it comes to pests, there’s no better method of control than prevention. Targeting existing pests with pesticides and home remedies only treats the symptoms of an infestation, not the root cause.
Effective pest prevention is all about stopping pests before they establish themselves in your home. Homeowners spend thousands of dollars annually on repairs and damages they could have prevented with proactive maintenance and a disciplined commitment to keeping things clean. Each pest brings its own specific prevention challenges, but a few best practices should be followed in all cases.
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 by keeping indoor areas clean and food sealed in airtight containers.
- Fix any leaky areas and address potential sources of moisture in the areas around the foundation of your home.
- Take out the trash regularly and keep the lids tightly sealed.
- If you’re harvesting compost for your garden, make sure to place it away from the foundation of your home.
- Inspect and repair any cracks in the walls, ceilings, and floors, and pay special attention to any cracks that develop in your foundation.
- Be sure to 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 be able to identify each kind of infestation. You can often identify which pest you are dealing with based on the damage they leave behind, but you should also take steps to educate yourself about which pests are most common in your region. For example, if you live in a warm, dry part of the country, you are unlikely to face a dampwood termite infestation but you are probably susceptible to drywood termites.
Schedule Routine Prevention Services
Scheduling routine inspections of your home is one of the best ways to be proactive against pests. By having a pest exterminator visit your home on a quarterly or yearly basis, he or she can help make your home less attractive to pests. Routine inspections are especially prudent in regions that experience surges of pests during specific seasons, as experts can help prepare your home before the pests become a problem.