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10 Easy Ways to Prevent Pests

Pests are one of the worst parts of being a homeowner. You have to deal with them year round, inside your house and all around your yard. Some are more dangerous than others, of course, but all of them are demanding of your time and efforts. Ignoring them will get you no where, and will allow them time and comfort to multiply and make themselves at home. It is critical that you take as many of these steps as possible to prevent pests from settling into YOUR space.

  1. Use a trash can with a tight lid. This can decrease the smell and attraction for small pests to come looking. Take your trash out often, and check for pests around your trash cans regularly.
  2. Look for landscaping that touches your home or business. Do a quick lap around your building and look for trees, bushes, or other landscaping pieces that actually touch your home, providing a bridge for pests.
  3. Ditch clutter. If you have a junk shelf, rarely used storage, crawl space, or cluttered corner of your garage – that’s a likely place for pests to get comfortable. Clean it out and clean it up! Be ready to discover ants, spiders, or other pests in piles that haven’t been touched in a while!
  4. Sweep and vacuum your floors regularly to prevent pest-attracting crumbs and pest eggs from hatching and creating more pests. Keep an eye out for pests as you sweep, mop, and vacuum so you can be aware if you need to mount an attack!
  5. Check the sealing and insulation around your doors and windows – tiny cracks will invite pest guests! Older homes in particular have weakening sealant and misfit doors and windows. Bugs could be getting in and you wouldn’t even know!
  6. Look for cracks, holes, or gaps anywhere along your exterior walls or in your foundation. Seal them quickly and effectively to prevent pests from entering. Bees in particular are big fans of holes in your roof and the eaves of your house. A ladder may help you to find and fix holes around your home.
  7. Limit your use of backyard wood for mulch, furniture, playgrounds, etc. It may not be a problem, but it attracts beetles, termites, and certain flying pests. If you do use wood mulch or wood furniture, check it regularly for pest damage or wasp nests to protect yourself and your children.
  8. Buy or upgrade screens for your windows to deter pests from entering when you are trying to get a nice breeze. It’s also a good time to check the seal on your window – do you feel a draft or breeze? Consider fixing the sealant.
  9. Use store bought pest prevention products such as citronella candles, sprays, bug zappers, fly paper, or other options to manage small pest problems like mosquitos, flies, ants, and wasps.
  10. Even with these helpful tips you may find pests in your home and yard. They’re very good at what they do! Call Hawx Pest Control for quarterly sprays that will keep you, pest-free, and with plenty of time to focus on more important things.

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