As a homeowner, you will want to do everything that you possibly can to keep your home pest-free. There are all sorts of pests that can find their way into your home from ants to spiders, cockroaches, termites, bed bugs, wasps and countless others. However, one of the most disturbing pests of all is rodents, with rats firmly at the top of most homeowner’s list of most detestable pests. If you suspect that you might have a rodent issue in your home, it’s always wise to seek out the services of a professional pest control company as soon as possible.
While there are plenty of home remedies that you can try, if you have seen a rat, it’s best to let the professionals do what they do best and ensure your home is 100% rodent-free. Once you are sure that your home is officially a pest-free zone, you can start putting measures in place to prevent pests from accessing your home again in the future.
Let’s take a look at a few simple tips to help you to maintain a pest-free home and prevent any unwanted visitors from entering your property.
Declutter Your Home
If your home is untidy and disorganised, you are inadvertently providing pests with a myriad of places to hide around your home. Rodents and other pests often one indoors in search of a warm, quiet spot where they can nest. If your belongings are scattered randomly around your home, there will be no shortage of places for rodents and other pests to hide. Take the time to tidy up and declutter your space so there are fewer places for rodents to set up camp in your home.
Maintain A Crumb-Free Home
To keep unwanted visitors away from your home, be sure to sweep your kitchen floors and wipe down your counters regularly. Crumbs, leftover food and other food particles are a great way to invite rodents into your home. Sweeping and vacuuming regularly is key in keeping rodents at bay. Also, be sure to take out the food rubbish regularly, never leave leftovers lying around and be sure to store all of your food in air-tight containers so as not to attract pests into your home.
Seal Up Any Gaps, Cracks Or Holes
Rodents can squeeze into your home through the tiniest of spaces and although it might be difficult to block up every potential point of entry, you can certainly make things much more difficult for these little pests. Walk around the exterior of your home, keeping an eye out for any cracks, gaps, or holes in your exterior walls where mice, rats or other pests may be able to get inside.
Fill any spaces that you find with caulk and be sure to pay special attention to the areas around your doors and windows, as well as anywhere that piping or electrical wiring enters your home.
Watch Out For Signs of Pests And Keep Your Home Pest-Free For Good
Moving forward, it’s crucial that you keep an eye out for telltale signs of pests in your home. Depending on the type of pests you are dealing with there is a range of different signs that can let you know you may have unwanted visitors in your home. Generally speaking, if you see pests moving around, find dead pests, notice a bad smell, notice tracks or marks on your walls or baseboards or notice anything else out of the ordinary, there is a chance you could be dealing with an infestation of some kind.
If you think that there is a chance that you have pests of any kind in your home, it’s crucial that you take action fast and call a professional to resolve the issue before it spirals out of control.