Insects and rodents are stealthy little critters that will invade your home looking for food, water and shelter the first chance they get. Once inside, these uninvited guests may go visually undetected for quite a while but can quietly wreak havoc, cause costly damages and drive you crazy in the meantime. Though they could be lurking almost anywhere inside or around your property, there are a few places in particular that creepy-crawlies tend to seek out and settle into, making themselves at home. Focusing your pest control efforts in these areas can significantly help to rid your property of their presence and prevent future infestations.
The kitchen is where most food is stored in a home, so it’s attractive to insects and rodents for obvious reasons. This is why it’s important to dispose of cardboard, paper bags and anything else that can be easily chewed, gnawed or burrowed through in lieu of tightly sealed and hard containers for food storage. Dark, damp cabinets are a haven for cockroaches, and you can count on any number of pests to come scurrying, flying or crawling over to indulge whenever crumbs or a sticky mess has been left behind on counters and/or floors.
There are generally several conditions found within attics, basements, crawlspaces and wall voids that greatly appeal to vermin. Basements and crawlspaces harbor the type of dim, moist environment that bugs and rodents enjoy and thrive in. Crawlspaces and wall voids supply prime hiding spots as well as allow access into many other areas of the home, and attics and basements are generally so full of clutter that any living creature could move right in and you’d never know. Do your best to maintain moisture control throughout the home, seal openings that grant easy entry into any of these spaces and keep your property clutter-free.
Potted plants are wonderful for enhancing indoor air quality, but they can also be a refuge for many pests. Inspect plants thoroughly before bringing them inside and periodically wipe down the leaves and check for evidence of insect activity. Outdoor plants should be kept consistently trimmed and placed somewhere that won’t provide insects with a direct way inside.
Patios and decks can be a haven for all kinds of critters. It’s important to be active in preventative pest control in these areas, especially if you’re dealing with wood materials because of the possibility for a termite infestation. Bees and wasps prefer to build nests on or near patios and decks, mosquitoes are naturally drawn to standing water from fountains, bird baths, etc., and many flying insects are intrigued by porch lights and sweet-smelling candles and flowers.
It can be disturbing to find rummaging rodents and insects in your trash can or recycling bin. Unfortunately, this happens to homeowners all the time who neglect to regularly take out their trash, store garbage in a bin with a firmly secured lid, rinse out food wrappers, recycling cans and bottles and routinely wash out trash cans.
Pests that feed on fabric find their dream home in closets that are warm, dark and full of clothing. Avoid keeping cardboard boxes for storage in closets, regularly check clothes for strange holes, wash new or newly-used items before adding them to your hanging wardrobe and get rid of unnecessary clutter.
Concentrating your pest control efforts in these specific places around your home will help eliminate the risk of attracting a serious infestation.