5 Simple Steps To Prevent Pests

It’s true! Homeowners can prevent pest infestations by maintaining cleanliness in the home. Pests love dirty environments since they provide them with an abundant supply of food, water, and a nice hiding place. If you just leave food scraps on the floor and table and never bother emptying your trash can, then it is more likely that you will see pests roaming around your house.

Here are five simple steps homeowners can take to prevent pest infestations:

#1. Clean the YardWood_Pile

Before pests invade your home, they will colonize your yard first. Therefore, if you want to ensure that your house is safe from pests, the first thing that you need to do is to clean your yard.

You need to free your yard from fallen fruits, dead plants, fallen branches, and weeds, for insects love these things. You must also trim your plants, since excess foliages serve as a nice place for insects and pests. Furthermore, wood and fruits serve as a valuable source of food for ants and termites.

You must also empty any containers in your yard that hold standing water. Standing water is a nice breeding place for insects, such as flies and mosquitoes. By keeping your yard clean, you will be able to prevent pests from reaching your home.

# 2. Clean Your Storage Spaces and Rarely Visited Places

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You need to clean your closet, boxes, containers and drawers from time to time, for this serve as an ideal place for pests to build their nests. You must also clean the areas in your house that you seldom visit at least once a week. In this way, you will be able to prevent pests from colonizing your house.

#3. Free the House from Scraps of Food

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If you want to make your house uninviting for pests, you must free your house from scraps of food. Remember, food is the main reason why pests want to stay in your home. Therefore, if you want to drive away pests, you must deprive them of food. If pests cannot find food in your home, then there is no reason for them to infest your home.

To ensure that your house will be free from scraps of food, it is advisable that you vacuum your home regularly. You must also wipe your table and sweep the floor every time you finish eating your meal. You must also clean the bowls of your pets.

#4. Seal the Cracks and Holes

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Aside from cleaning, it is also advisable that you check your house for cracks and holes. Mice will always try to break into your house through these holes. Insects can also gain entry through cracks. Sealing cracks and holes in your home is one way of preventing pests from gaining access to your house.

#5. Professional Pest Control From Bulwark Exterminating

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Pest infestations are a nightmare for homeowners because they can cause damage to their properties and belongings. One way of preventing pests from colonizing your home is by maintaining cleanliness in your home, for they hate clean environments.

After taking the above mentioned cleanliness steps, and you are still seeing scorpions, ants, roaches, spiders, and other creepy crawlies; it’s time for professional pest control. It’s time for Bulwark Exterminating!

Resolve to Keep Pests Away From Your Home This New Year’s

2015 is almost upon us and if 2014 wasn’t as great a year as you had hoped, you may be looking to make some changes for the New Year. If bugs were constantly pestering you in 2014, there are a few things that you can resolve to do differently to prevent that from being an issue in 2015. Here are a few of the changes you may wish to implement to deter pests in 2015.

Store Your Firewood Away From Your Home

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If you store firewood right next to your home, you may be leading wood-eating pests such as termites and carpenter ants right to your home. These pests may come in to your area when you buy the wood or find the area because of the wood. Regardless, they can easily move from firewood to your wood siding, stairs or deck if firewood is stored directly by these items. Instead, store your firewood 20 to 30 feet away from your home, or any other wood structures around your home, such as decks or outdoor storage sheds.

Also, it is important to inspect your firewood about once every month for signs of wood-eating pests. If wood-eating pests are present, you will want to spray the wood or remove it from your property to ensure the pests do not make their way to your home. The longer they are allowed to sit and multiply on the wood, the more likely it is they will find your home, even if the wood is stored away from your house.

Seal Your Home’s Exterior

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Bugs, rodents and other outdoor pests can easily come into your home if there are cracks around your window frames, door frames or in the siding of your home. A crack or gap in these areas is basically an open invitation to pests to come out of the hot or cold outdoor weather and into your temperature-controlled home.

Many people hate taking the time to seal their exterior. However, resolving to seal your can help keep pests out, while also helping you to decrease your energy consumption.

Properly Store Food

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Many of the pests that enter your home, such as ants, cockroaches and mice, are in search of food. Unfortunately, if they find the food they are after, they are likely to bring their family and friends to your home and make it their own. Luckily, you can prevent this from happening by properly storing your food.

Storing food in airtight containers helps prevent these pests from having access to your food, which decreases the likelihood they would want to live in your home. Pests don’t care if the food they have access to is human or pet food, so seal all of the food in your home to deter these pests.

Hire a Pest Service

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Hiring a pest service may cost a little bit of money, but it is one of the best ways to ensure that pests are kept at bay. A pest control specialist can walk around your home and look for signs that pests may be near or may have already started to inhabit your home. Unfortunately, you may miss many of the early signs that pests are hiding around or in your home. Additionally, a pest control specialist can spray pesticides that the average person does not have access to around the perimeter of your home, helping to ensuring that common household pests, such as spiders and ants, don’t enter your home.

If you want 2015 to be the year that your home finally stays pest-free, resolve to take action to prevent these pests from bothering you any longer. Storing your firewood away from your home, sealing your home’s exterior, properly storing food and hiring a pest service are all great ways to keep bugs away once and for all.

How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Christmas Decorations

The holidays are in full swing, and before you know it you will be left with the daunting task of putting away all of those Christmas decorations. Did you know that those beautiful Christmas wreaths, lights, ceramic nativities, and even your artificial Christmas tree can be a favorite hideout for pests all year long?

There are a few simple and inexpensive steps you can take now, so you don’t end up with a serious pest infestation later. The last thing you want is to create a safe haven for rodents, cockroaches, silverfish, spiders or scorpions.

How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Christmas Decorations 

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Use proper storage bins. When storing your Christmas decorations, avoid using cardboard boxes. The tape, cardboard, and glue are a favorite food among roaches and silverfish. They can easily slip through the crevices of these cardboard boxes too. Opt instead for plastic tubs with tight fitting lids. These will surely help keep the bugs out of your decorations.

Use a Christmas tree bag. Again, toss the cardboard box your artificial Christmas tree came in, and use a Christmas tree bag that will tightly zip. Rodents like mice, squirrels, and rats love nesting in artificial trees year round. These trees provide pests with a safe shelter, much like they’d find in the wild.

Quickly throw away your real tree. That wonderful smelling Evergreen you chopped down on a family outing needs to be quickly disposed of; before rodents and other pests take notice, and take cover inside.

Seal linens in plastic bags.  Your stockings and Christmas tablecloths can offer a quick meal for pests like clothing moths, and cockroaches. Make sure items like these are sealed in plastic bags to keep out any humidity which can also attract pests.

Christmas_Tree_BoxThrow away edible decorations. I know you spent hours on that beautiful gingerbread house you made, but pests like mice and rats will quickly make a meal of it. The same goes for those candy canes you used to decorate the tree. Edibles will only attract pests.

Inspect storage area. Before you start stacking those plastic tubs of Christmas decorations in your garage, basement, or attic; look for existing signs of pests nearby. Rodent droppings, spider webs, and dead insects are a dead give away of a pest problem.

Clean, clean, clean. After inspecting your storage area for signs of pests, and before you start stacking the plastic tubs, make sure the area is clean. This simple act can go along way in keeping the bugs and pests away.

Get pest control. If you see any signs of pests where you are storing your Christmas decorations, get help from an Austin exterminator. Scorpion control, roach control, and spider control treatment plans can keep those pests away from your décor all year round. You don’t want to get bit or stung when you get them out for next season.

Happy Holidays From Blog Pest Control

All of us bug guys here at blogpestcontrol.com would like to wish you all Happy Holidays, and all the best for 2015. May your Holidays, and your Christmas decorations be pest free.

 

Keeping Pests Out: 5 Tips to Ensure Your Home is Bug Free

Dirty Cockroach KitchenWhen it comes to pests, mice, cockroaches and ants top the list as the most irritating (and unwelcome) household “guests.” How, then, do you keep these little creatures from invading your space? These five tips should cut back on the frequency of your pest sightings.

Eat in the Kitchen

This tip sounds almost too simple, but keep in mind that many families snack throughout the house or enjoy dinners in front of the television every once in a while. To limit your pest sightings, keep food in the kitchen and dining room only. You’ll have an easier time cleaning up after meals, and establishing this habit ensures that crumbs don’t spread throughout the house.

Look for Holes

Walk around the exterior of your home, looking for any holes or openings where bugs can get in. Fill these spaces with either caulk, steel wood or spray foam, whichever you prefer. While you may not be able to find every little crack, your efforts will make a difference in the number of pests you see inside the house.

Cut Back on Clutter

Clutter attracts pests, because it gives them shelter and allows them to hide from homeowners. Taking a few simple steps to reduce the clutter in your home can make a world of difference. For example, if you have pets, make sure you store their food in either a lidded, metal trash can (because mice are unable to scale the sides) or a sealed plastic container. Recycle cardboard boxes, or, at the very least, make sure you break them down and periodically move them to make sure nothing is hiding in them.

The storage area under the kitchen sink often attracts bugs because it is dark and moist. Rather than just throwing your supplies in a heap down there, try organizing them in containers or totes, so you can take them out every so often and make sure there’s not an infestation brewing. While they are out, you can also look to make sure the pipes aren’t leaking.

Screen Your Windows

Some homeowners resist installing window screens because they cut back on the amount of natural light flowing into the home. However, screens are a great pest barrier and allow you to enjoy fresh air without worrying about what will find its way into your living space.

Get Rid of Moisture Spots

Bugs love moisture. Therefore, the drier you can keep your property, the better off you will be. Make sure your downspouts point away from your house, and keep mulch from settling around your foundation and windows. Keep bushes and trees trimmed back from the house, and remember to check your crawlspace for leaks periodically.

No one wants to head into the kitchen late at night, only to find a cockroach scurrying across the floor. Keeping pests like ants, mice and roaches at bay is actually easier than you might suspect. Follow the tips above, and you won’t have to call in your pest control technician for an emergency service any time soon.