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Small Steps for Preventing Pest Infestations

Pest infestation is a serious problem that can put you and your family in harm's way while also posing a threat to the safety and security of your home. However, there are several small steps you can take to prevent such an infestation.

Tidy Up

Pests are just about always on the search for food. If you can successfully eliminate their food source, you can also remove the pests. Different pests eat different things but keeping your home clean is generally a good way to prevent an infestation. Routinely clean your kitchen and wipe down all surfaces to remove spills and crumbs. Make it a habit to clean hard-to-reach spots like around and under large appliances, such as your range and refrigerator. Don’t leave food out for extended periods of time. Also, make sure garbage is contained and taken out when necessary.

Cleaning up outside of your home can also aid in pest prevention. Keep grass cut short and trim shrubs and trees to remove dead growth. Remove downed leaves and dead branches from the ground. Also, trim back any tree branches that extend over the roof of your house.

Block Entry

Inspect your home and be on the lookout for areas where pests can enter. Most pests can squeeze through very small openings. While you may not locate every possible entry point, securing what you can will make a difference. Make sure siding, weather stripping and window screens are in place. Check your foundation for gaps or cracks. Repair any damage to reduce the odds of rodents and other pests getting inside.

In addition to keeping pests at bay, many of these repairs will also keep moisture out. Carpenter ants and termites like wet wood. Ensuring your home is weather-tight will prevent water damage which can also entice certain pests and lead to an infestation.

Bring in Reinforcements

Further reduce the risk of pest infestation by working with an exterminator. A trained professional can inspect your home to help you identify attractants and points of entry. Professional exterminators can also treat your home and yard to help keep pests at bay. Pests come in many forms from rodents to insects, so working with a team trained to handle these nuisances can help protect your home from infestation.

Contact Premium TPC to learn more about pest infestation prevention in your home.

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