How Tidying Can Keep Pests Away
DIY Pest Prevention
As a homeowner, it always seems that once one repair is complete, then it’s off to the next repair. It is essential to keep up, especially if the state of disrepair exposes the interior of your home to the exterior. Fixing these repairs can be your first step in DIY pest prevention: gaps in window panes, cracks in foundations, improperly sealed doors, and earthquake damage. These will all lead to pest problems. These openings, depending on how large, can lead to various pests taking up residence soon in your home.
If an infestation occurs in an unseen area of your house, the damage can become irreparable before it is noticed. Because of their rapid population growth and voracious appetites, rats, termites, and mice can severely damage the structure of your home and within your walls. It then becomes too difficult for DIY pest prevention or one-time pest management solutions. We always recommend that you call us at first at any sign of infestation, to prevent the problem before it happens – which is key in quality pest control service.
Some Common Places That Should Stay Tidy
Where Pests Like To Hang Out
Roof and attic areas
Roof and attic areas remain unseen for long enough periods of time to allow for a pest to nest. Attics become great nesting areas before pests slowly creep down to other parts of the house.
Under the sink is prime real estate for all pests. Water is a vital for all living creatures and under sinks you will find rodents, cockroaches, ants, silverfish, and more.
Porches, barns, sheds
Outdoor property is often forgotten. These outdoor shelters are perfect homes where pests and are likely to go unnoticed. When storing any animal feed, seal in airtight containers up as much as possible. Have as much ground visible and as free from clutter as possible so critters are left out in the open and more comfortable in the grass outdoors.
Between the walls
Close-up mouse sits near chewed wire in an apartment kitchen on the background of the wall and electrical outlet . Inside high-rise buildings. Fight with mice in the apartment. Extermination. Small DOF focus put only to wire.[/caption]Cleaning inside your walls is a bit more difficult. Pests within are tough to detect, but very easy to neglect. However, serious dangers can lurk within your walls. Silent pests like ants and termites can go years before they become noticed. It is possible walls infested with thousands of termites and you would never know they were there unless you knew what sign to look for. These pests often leave clues (droppings) near baseboards, gaps in floorboards, and corners of rooms.
Other animals such as mice can chew electrical wiring within walls and it can cause a fire hazard. If you need help inspecting your home give us a call, we are happy to help.
An attached garage increases the likelihood of pests entering your home or business. Accidentally leaving that gigantic door open overnight is a small mistake that can lead to pests entering casually into your home.
Cleaning Tips to Keep Pests Away (#cleaningTips)
Pests need food and water. If you do not offer them food or water, they will not come in. Make sure all food items in your pantry and cupboards are sealed in airtight containers. Open food items will lure rodents, ants and cockroaches with their superior sense of smell. This tip applies to the whole house; Even the smallest crumb is a good enough reason for an army of ants to invade.
Also, pests seek out water sources. All plumbing throughout the house should be checked routinely for sturdiness and lack-of-leaks. Drips and puddles lure in all sorts of wildlife in Southern California due to our dry seasons.
After An Infestation
When cleaning up after a rodent infestation (or other pests) you should protect yourself from the dangers waste left behind. This includes rubber gloves, safety googles, and face mask to protect yourself. For supplies, you will need paper towels, bleach cleaner, sponge, and a garbage can.
While cleaning, make sure you pick up any leavings with protective heavy cleaning gloves: rubber, vinyl, or latex. Paper towels or a sponge might come in handy but be sure to throw it in the trash after use. If using a spray-cleaning protect, you can guarantee to kill any germs and bacteria with bleach, although not recommended for people sensitive to its odor. Just make sure not to overuse bleach – The EPA recommends bleach should always be diluted with never more than 1 tablespoon of bleach with 1 gallon of water. Spray on the bleach mixture, let sit for 2 minutes, and wipe. Repeat until it is clean and clear.
Call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. if you suspect any of signs of infestation in any part of your property. It never hurts to get a free* pest inspection; prevention is the best form of pest control!