Pests can be relentless at times. In fact, every day, your home is at risk of being infiltrated by pests. That’s why the professionals at Eagle Pest Services have put together this article to help you stay prepared for pests at all times. By understanding just why pests are attracted to your home, you can take the proper steps to keep them away for years to come.
The primary reason that pests enter your home is in search of food, water, and shelter. Your pantry or breadbox may be attracting pests to your home, particularly rodents, moths, roaches, and ants. By cutting away the food supply, you can help avoid an infestation.
Rodents can also carry a series of harmful illnesses that can put you and your family in danger, including hantavirus and salmonellosis. Rodents can transmit these diseases directly with their feces, urine, or saliva. As these critters slowly devour your food supply they’re likely to spread illness through the foods they come into contact with. There are also a number of diseases that can be transmitted indirectly by rodents through the ticks and fleas they may carry.
In order to eliminate their access to your food supply, be sure to seal all of your pantry items in glass containers that cannot be penetrated by rodents. You may also want to make sure your pet food and pet treats are not sitting out for long periods of time and that your pets’ food bowls are cleaned regularly.
If you have not yet properly prepared your home for pests, you may want to do so right away. A few things you can do to help avoid a rodent problem this winter are installing door sweeps on exterior doors and repairing any damaged screens in your home. It’s important to inspect the doors and windows of your home then seal any potential points of entry. Additionally, you should install door sweeps to seal the doors tightly. You’ll also want to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home and use caulk to make sure they are all well-sealed.
Rodents can take shelter in clutter around or near the home, especially any that is on the ground. If there is clutter anywhere around your home, whether it’s on a porch or patio or in your driveway or yard, clean it up right away.
As the seasons change, so do the pests! In the fall and winter, there’s likely to be an increase in the number of ground-dwelling pests that you find in your home such as rodents and roaches. These pests are largely drawn to your home because of the warm shelter and the food supply. You can avoid them by prepping your home as mentioned above.
As the weather warms up in the spring and summer, you’re likely to see more moths and ants invading your home. Moths tend to invade pantries and closets alike. You may notice a larva or two in your pantry or a few new holes in the pockets of your sweaters. A moth infestation can be tricky. For a problem like this, you’ll want to seal all of your pantry items in glass containers and clean and seal all clothing.
If you have pets, you may be inviting pest indoors without even knowing it. Many pests including ticks and fleas hitch rides into your home on the backs of your beloved furry friends. These pesky parasites can transmit a variety of vector-borne illnesses to you and your family. That’s why it’s critical for the health of your pets and your family that you treat your pets for fleas and ticks regularly.
If you’re leaving food out for your pets all day or all night, this could be attracting rodents, roaches, and ants to your home. Try to get your pet on a more regular eating schedule so you can ensure that no food is left behind after a meal. You may also want to wash your pet’s food dishes regularly to avoid any scraps being left behind for pests to enjoy.
If you have a dark, moist basement, you’re likely to find crickets and centipedes lurking in the shadows. That’s because these pests are most attracted to moisture. If you have a moisture problem in your home, you may notice these pests more frequently. Moisture can be very harmful to the structure of your home and the health of your family. For that reason, if you’re spotting a large number of these pests, have a pest specialist come to address the problem immediately as well as a moisture remediation specialist.
We understand that even with helpful tips like these, unwanted pests can be persistent, especially if they have found their way into your home already. If you’re concerned about a pest control issue in your home, contact the professionals at Eagle Pest Services by calling 1-888-616-8739 or visit our website to schedule an inspection today. Our staff will work alongside your family to keep your home pest-free all winter long.