Everyone knows that pests can be a big nuisance. However, this annoyance is minor compared to the diseases they spread and damage they cause. Rodents consume or contaminate about 20% of the world’s food supply. Termites cause $5 Billion in property damage every year. Pests spread diseases like the Zika virus, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, Malaria, Plague, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Hantavavirus, Rat-bite Fever, Murine Typhus, Leptospirosis, Encephalitis and more. Cockroaches alone spread at least 33 different kinds of bacteria, including E. coli, Salmonella, six types of parasitic worms and seven kinds of human pathogens. (Source: National Pest Management Association) The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states that annually, insect stings and bits send 500,000 people to hospitals and 90 of those result in death.These are just some of the reasons we recommend homeowners take pest prevention very seriously. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent pests, the 6 steps below will increase your odds of keeping your home, pets and family safe.
1. Block Entry Points
Rodents and pests seek shelter during chilly winter months. So, it’s important to check your home regularly for any entry points these tiny invaders could penetrate. Even very small cracks in the foundations or tiny holes in the roof can give mice, squirrels, and bugs an opportunity to enter your home. Seal these cracks and holes completely to keep these unwanted visitors out.
2. Install Screens over Chimney Vents and Openings
If you are unable to block an entry point or opening, install screens or vents to deter pests. Make sure the screens fit snugly and securely and repair or replace them regularly.
3. Clear the Clutter
Pests love clutter. Whether it’s inside or out, clutter provides them with the perfect place to hide. Cardboard boxes, newspapers, wood piles, plastic bags and other debris make perfect homes for pests. If you can, remove the clutter completely. If it’s necessary to store items, store them away from the house. Also, keep plants and bushes in your garden neatly trimmed so pests cannot use them to gain access to your home.
4. Keep your House Clean and Dry
Pests are attracted to places that are dirty, damp and wet. Even places that look clean to the naked eye can still attract pests. Clean your home regularly and keep any areas in or around it as clean and dry as possible to avoid attracting critters.
5. Keep your Kitchen Clean
Kitchens are one of the most vulnerable rooms in your home, especially for roaches. Wipe surfaces thoroughly to remove any food residue. Clean dirty dishes daily so they don’t pile up in the sink and invite unwanted dinner guests. Also, sweep and mop the kitchen floor regularly to remove any fallen crumbs or spills.
6. Schedule Regular Pest Control Services
Even if you are unaware of an immediate pest problem in your home, we recommend scheduling regular pest control services and preventative treatments with a licensed pest inspection company like Sure Shot of Tulsa. Regularly treating and inspecting your home for pests can help prevent an infestation before it occurs. A professional pest inspector can identify pests’ hiding spots and infestation warning signs quickly and easily as well as recommend a treatment plan when needed.
Keep your home, pets and loved ones pest free.
While a swarm of mosquitos can spoil a good BBQ, the biggest concern facing homeowners are pests’ abilities to cause severe, costly damages to homes and make pets and loved ones seriously ill. When stakes are this high, the benefit of following these few simple steps far outweighs the costs.