Tips for Protecting Your Home from Pest Invasions
No matter what you do, sooner or later, you can expect to have to deal with insects or
rodents in your home. You might have ants, mice, raccoons, roaches, etc., you never
know who might find their way inside your home. There are some things that you can do,
to make your home less attractive to these unwanted visitors, so that you donít have to
deal with them, but in some cases, you may have to deal with them no matter what you
do, so be prepared.
The most common household insect or pest is ants. It seems like they can find their way
inside your home no matter what you do, and once they are there, can be extremely
difficult to get rid of. There are many commercial products that you can purchase, which
may prevent ant infestation, but you have to make sure they are safe, especially if you
have indoor pets or small children in the home.
The easiest way to deal with ants is to get rid of their food source. Make certain that you
have food placed in air tight containers, and that you clean up spills or messes
immediately. Ants like cereal, peanut butter, certain liquid medications, suckers, anything
sweet especially. If you donít store these items properly, then you may have a serious
ant problem on your hands.
Depending on where you live, you may also have to deal with stray dogs and cats, and
even skunks, (yuck!). These animals love to get into your trash cans, looking for a great
meal, but leaving you with a horrendous mess to clean up the next morning. How mad
would you be to go outside for work at 6am and see your trash all over your yard and
drive? One way to prevent this problem is to douse your cans with ammonia or bleach,
as the strong fumes will often deter any midnight food raids. You may also want to soak
the area around the cans, and this will also work around your porch or vehicles as well.
Stray cats love to sit on cars, scratching paint and leaving footprints, which can be very
annoying as well.
If you have pets, you will probably have to deal with fleas at some point. You should ask
your vet to recommend a flea collar or spray that you can use, which will be safe for your
pets, and effective against fleas. Your vet might also give you a prescription cream, that
you can apply onto your petís skin, which will not only keep fleas off of your pet, but will
keep them from coming into your home as well.
Flies can also be a very annoying pest to have in the home, and we all have them,
especially during hot weather. No one wants to have flies buzzing around when they are
trying to cook or eat, and especially not when you are trying to sleep at night. Make
certain that no food gets left out, which is what flies are looking for. Like with ants, if you
take away their food, they will leave. If nothing else, you can get commercial sprays and
traps to use, but again, make certain you read the labels for safety precautions.
Exterminators can go along way towards keeping your home pest free, but they can be
expensive. If used to prevent pests from coming into your home, it isnít too bad, but
frequent visits to try to rid you of pest invasions, can be quite expensive, so you are
better off preventing invasions in the first place.