Pest control isn’t rocket science. In fact, it’s a simple equation: pests + food + your warm house = an infestation waiting to happen. If you can get smart about why pests are attracted to your home you can take steps to prevent them from sticking around. There’s an art to pest-proofing your house, but the good news is that anyone can do it. All you need to do is follow these fool-proof tips that will keep pests far away from your home:
1. Remove dead trees from your yard
Make sure you’re keeping up with the Joneses by whipping your yard into tip top shape. This pest control tip has less to do with having a perfect white picket fence and more to do with tidying up rotting wood on your property. Dead trees can start to rot, and the same goes for your pile of firewood that you keep in a pile on the ground. When this happens, these areas become a hot spot for carpenter ants.
Carpenter ants are loathed in the pest control industry because they are notoriously hard to get rid of, and homeowners hate the cost it takes to get them out once they’ve made their way in. In other words, Toronto ant control is no joke. Decaying wood in your yard is usually the starting off point for a carpenter ant colony, who then works their way inside and sets up satellite nests throughout your house. They bore through the wood of your walls and foundation in search of food, and when they’re left to their own devices for long enough, they can do some serious structural damage.
Lesson learned: tidying up your yard is more than just a Saturday afternoon chore, it’s a necessity for keeping pests off your property.
2. Keep your doors closed
This might seem obvious, but if you leave your doors open it’s an extra easy way for pests to scurry right in when you’re not looking. Leaving your doors cracked open while you’re bringing groceries inside or while you’re doing yard work opens your house up to rats and mice who can slip inside in a flash.
Once they’re inside, they’ll wreak havoc on your kitchen cabinets, pantry, attic, and crawl spaces where they’ll alternate between dining and multiplying. Before you know it, you’ll have a rampant rodent infestation on your hands.
A better bet? Make a habit of closing the door behind you, even if you’re just popping outside for a second, because that’s all the time it takes for an opportunistic rodent to sneak inside.
3. Seal cracks around the perimeter of your home
Time to role play! First, get into character as a rat, roach, mouse, or carpenter ant. Next, walk the perimeter of your house and look for all the ways you could get inside if you really were that small. Pests don’t need a big space to enter your home. In fact, even the gaps and cracks that you think are impossibly small are probably just right for a determined pest who is desperately seeking food and shelter.
Seal up any areas you can identify as possible access points to make sure that your home is sealed up tight. When in doubt about whether a pest can fit into a crack you see, err on the side of caution and caulk it shut to be on the safe side.
When you can prevent pests from getting into your house in the first place, you’re winning the war against any of the critters who are vying for a cozy spot inside.
4. Deep clean your home
If this list is starting to sound suspiciously like a Saturday chore list, you’re right. Pest prevention is all about regular maintenance and running a tight ship when it comes to keeping things neat and tidy. Without going into Martha Stewart mode, you can give your house a thorough cleaning in a couple of hours and do wonders for keeping pests at bay.
Dust out those dark corners that make the perfect hiding places. Pull out your appliances and thoroughly clean all around them – these are prime areas for cockroaches, so you’ll want to do this a couple of times per year. Cleaning behind the furniture can also lead you to a nest and your dust-busting can be enough to keep them from wanting to settle there.
You don’t have to turn into a neat freak, but keeping your home clean on a regular basis gives you a chance to keep an eye on areas you might not look at otherwise and gives pests less incentive to set up their nests in your house.
5. Cut off potential food sources
When pests have unlimited access to a full buffet in your kitchen cupboards, there’s no way they’ll think about leaving. Without knowing it, you might be providing delicious meals for rodent and roaches and their families. No, it’s not your teenage son that’s eating all the cereal – pests like cockroaches, mice, and rats love to hang out in your pantry and nibble through bags and boxes to get to help themselves to your grains.
You might notice things like tiny holes in your bags, or that you have rice or oats loose in your cupboard. Coupled with droppings left behind, and there’s no doubt that you’re helping to house the rodents of Toronto in your kitchen.
Stop the feeding frenzy before it even starts by storing your dried goods in plastic bins that seal tightly. It’s a minor investment that goes a long way in preventing pests from eating your food to begin with.
Keeping your home pest-free isn’t complicated and it doesn’t require any advanced skills, just some time spent on maintenance and cleaning that can make all the difference a home that’s attractive to pests and one that makes them want to keep looking for accommodations elsewhere.
If your cleaning efforts have come too late and you already have a pest problem in your home, save yourself a lot of time and energy by calling the professionals right off the bat. Give us a call at 647-708-7378 or get in touch online to schedule one of our professional Toronto exterminators to pay you a visit and take care of your pests problems the right way.