More general household pest control tips include:
Cleanliness can’t ensure that a home will remain pest free, but good housekeeping does go a long way in preventing problems before they become infestations!
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The best prevention tip when it comes to roaches is maintaining good sanitation conditions. It is important to clean up spilled food and water quickly, eliminate harborage and pathway areas by sealing cracks and crevices, repair water leaks and inspect incoming foods and packaging for any pests.
The main tip for avoiding fly infestations is to eliminate places where they might breed. Don’t keep uncovered trash cans under the sink and rinse food containers before you throw them away. It is also important to scoop up and dispose of pet waste.
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- Remove all food sources
- Seal all cracks and crevices (including pavement and concrete slabs
- Locate and eliminate nests
- Correct drainage in house plants
Before storing clothing for a long period of time, wash or dry clean them, particularly woolens. Maintain cleanliness in closets and drawers. Make sure to vacuum under and behind furniture to prevent the build up of lint and hair.
When trying to avoid an infestation of pantry pests, try not to buy more than your family can and will use in between two to four months. In the event you store food for a more extensive amount of time, make sure that all containers and storage boxes are sealed well. Don’t make it a habit to purchase damaged packages. When storing food that is no longer factory sealed, pack it in containers that have tightly fitted lids. It is important to check stored food on a frequent basis for pest infestation and discard anything harboring them quickly. It is recommended to vacuum cabinets rather than using water when trying to remove dust and dirt.
When trying to prevent spiders from infesting your home it is important to ensure all window and door screens are free of holes and are properly installed. Inspect and caulk all cracks or entry points around the exterior of the home in order to control both spiders as well as the insects on which they feed from entering the home. If there are signs of spiders already in your home, it is important to vacuum all webs and eggs.
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For the most part, fleas are difficult to prevent in homes where house pets wander outside the home. Be sure that your pets are frequently checked and treated for fleas, and be sure that crawl spaces are screened in so that wild animals that may transmit fleas cannot enter.
Pests typically come into homes searching for food, shelter and surroundings with the right humidity or temperature. When your house provides any of these conditions, household pests could potentially become a problem. The key to successful control is to do away with one or more of these factors.
There are several preventative measures that can be taken in order to help keep pests at bay, or at least away from your living space. For specific household pests there are both particular and general tips to keep them from invading your home or place of business.
Below are a few prevention tips to help keep the most common household pests away.