Your Simple Checklist for a Pest-Free Home
Pests are relentless, and this is even truer in the subtropical climate of Florida. Keeping up with them can be a constant task – one that pest control experts at Apex can help with in numerous ways. But another way to keep your home pest-free is with a simple checklist. By following our five tips, you put yourself immediately ahead of the game. Learn the signs of a home infestation and what preventative measures to take below.
Do I Have a Pest Infestation?
Here are a few telltale signs to know if you have a pest infestation:
- Dirt and grease: Rodents track oil and dirt along the walls, as they tend to move along the same paths repeatedly. You may notice extra dirt around the home, such as crumbs or hair.
- Unpleasant smells: Pests such as mice and ants will drag away food to eat. Often, they will leave food they don’t consume to rot. If you notice an unpleasant smell and can’t trace the source, you could have an infestation.
- Droppings: You may see rodent droppings in the corners of rooms or along the walls. You may also find body parts such as insect wings or legs that point to a more extensive infestation.
- Unexplainable damage: Bite marks and chewed spots are a standard indicator of a rodent infestation. If you notice damaged wood or chewed-through planks, this could also be a warning sign of termites that should be dealt with immediately.
- Nests: Rodents will use anything they can find around your house to build a nest. If you notice missing items or torn cloth, look for places where you notice droppings and check small crevices. You may be able to locate the nest.
How Do Most Pest Infestations Begin?
The above warning signs outline what to look for if you think you have an infestation. Infestations can begin in a few ways. The outdoors and your home should not mix, and it is essential to know what problems are preventable and how to keep pests out.
A few simple problems that lead to infestations are:
- A cluttered home: If your home is in a disarray, it is difficult to notice signs of an infestation. The clutter gives pests ample room to hide from you.
- Excess dirt: Food debris attracts all kinds of pests, especially ants and rodents. Maintaining a clean home can save you from having to take care of an infestation.
- Neglected home maintenance: Holes, overgrown weeds and gaps around the foundation can lead to infestations. These issues can cause serious problems.
You can do some easy checks to ensure your home stays safe from infestations. Keep any woodpiles at least a foot away from the house, as these will lead to pests directly to your home. Also, check for any tree branches or soil leaning toward or touching your house for the same reason. You can do regular inspections to look for problems like damaged plants or grass, anthills or holes in the ground.
Our Preventative Checklist for Pest Control
For more detailed tips, use this checklist to maintain a pest-free home or business:
1. Commit to Seasonal Checks
Pests operate on a seasonal schedule as just as about every being on this planet does. From summer to fall to spring to winter, each season will bring its own set of challenges and pest-related issues. However, there is a certain rhythm to this, and by keeping yourself on a schedule of checking key things every season, you can assure you’re up-to-date and in the pest loop. This step need not be complex in execution, but you’ll go a long way in solving any pest problem simply by keeping up with seasonal checks.
2. Deep Clean the Kitchen
Your kitchen is probably quite clean, but kitchens are bug magnets, and the amount of food that passes through them over time creates problems. Cracks and crevices may be hidden to us, but not bugs. A good solution is a deep kitchen clean. You should cover the counters and areas of common use, but also the back alleys of your kitchen that act as pest lightning rods, such as behind large appliances.
3. Perform Outdoor Maintenance
From your furniture to your lawn, it’s important to have a well-maintained homestead exterior. After all, what surrounds your house acts as a welcome mat for pests of all sorts. The less inviting, the better. Keep weeds and refuse in check.
4. Control Moisture
One of the biggest attractors for pests is moisture. Food and shelter can often be found elsewhere, but water, even in limited amounts, can be the main reason your home will encounter pests. Ants live indoors not for food sources, but because they know where your water is, such as leaky pipes, dripping sinks, and more. By closing off these avenues of moisture, as well as pouring out standing water around your home, you are taking a huge step toward keeping pests away and outside of your home.
5. Schedule Regular Pest Inspections
It seems easy and obvious, but it works. By scheduling consistent pest inspections with the experts at Apex, you can feel confident in your pest control. This is a portion of the checklist you don’t even have to worry about – Apex’s 14-Point Comprehensive Service treats your property interior and exterior, no matter the season. This way, you know you are getting the best and most experienced professionals in the area to truly protect your home and lawn.
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