Your home is supposed to be your haven, your safe place. But when a critter or creepy-crawly bug takes up residence, if you’re like most people instead of feeling safe you want to just scream.
You work hard to take care of your home and make it feel like a refuge from the outside world. Are you wondering then how these common household pests are taking up residence? What are you doing wrong that might be allowing them to sneak in?
Read on to learn what you can do to prevent these household pests from getting in.
Keep Things Clean
Most common household pests, including mice, ants, cockroaches, earwigs, flies, house centipedes, and spiders, are a lot like humans. They are looking for a warm place to live. They are also highly motivated by potential food sources.
When you don’t have a clean kitchen, say dirty dishes in the sink or food scraps on the counter, the bugs will naturally come looking as it’s an easy way to get food.
Clean up any food spills right away to eliminate the pests that will come naturally looking for a food source.
Keep Food Sealed
Even if you manage to keep food scraps cleaned up from dishes and kitchen counters, bugs might still go looking for a food source in your kitchen if you’re not careful.
It’s important that foods like cereals, flour, baking mixes, pasta, crackers, dried fruits, nuts, popcorn, and even spices be in sealed containers so bugs can’t get into them and take up residence like they’re at the local buffet restaurant.
Keep House Dry
The same is true for water just like food. Critters and unwanted pests need liquids like they need food. So, make sure you’re cleaning all the spills that happen. You don’t want any open water sitting around that the pests might use as a source of hydration.
If you have a leaky faucet or a leaky pipe under a sink, that’s an invitation for certain bugs like centipedes and earwigs who love water to come calling.
Another spot to monitor is the hoses connecting your major appliances like a washing machine, refrigerator or dishwasher. If they’re leaking that will become a water source.
Sweep and Clean Floors Regularly
Have you ever swept your kitchen floor and been shocked by how much debris you get once you clean? You might be thinking you keep a pretty clean house, then sweep and find all kinds of crumbs and food particles. Guess what? Those bugs and critters love those food particles.
Prevent them from coming looking by regularly sweeping your floors.
Seal Up Cracks and Gaps
Bugs and critters are sneaky and will invite themselves in through any little opening they find. You might not be leaving your doors wide open but are still getting unwanted pests.
Check for cracks in the walls, around windows and doors, and even screens. Make sure they are sealed so the unwanted pests don’t have an easy route into your home.
Keeping Common Household Pests Out
Common household pests will come into your home to be comfortable and have an easy food and water source. Don’t make it easy on them by leaving behind food and liquids. One of the benefits of a clean home, no unwanted household pests.
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