When it comes to pest control, choosing the
right professional product is key. But there is another aspect of pest control that is
equally important and often overlooked. Every infestation requires 3 things to thrive: Food,
water, and a suitable living conditions. Eliminate or drastically reduce these three elements
and pests will no longer feel welcome in your home. Step 1) Begin by eliminating as many food
sources as possible. Keep the kitchen area clean, especially the
area under, behind, and alongside appliances that are often neglected for long periods
of time. Wipe down appliances (especially the stove),
countertops, and cabinets with warm, soapy water or a disinfectant daily to manage crumbs
and spills. Clean out and wipe down cabinets, taking care
to vacuum food crumbs from cracks and crevices. Keep food in tightly sealed containers, including
pet food that may be stored outside. Keep garbage stored in cans or receptacles
with tight fitting lids. Take out the trash often and clean the can
with ammonia on a regular basis to control odors and mildew. Step 2) Reduce water and moisture sources. Do not leave standing water in sinks and tubs.
Before going to bed each night, wipe the sink dry with a paper towel.
Check your home regularly for water leaks. Leaky pipes cause moisture and mold problems
and should be fixed promptly. Step 3) Eliminate or reduce the conditions
in which pest thrive. In addition to food and water, most pests require some form of
organic debris in which to live and breed- this includes mildew, mold, damp material
or other rotting debris inside or outside of the home. Keep the bathroom and kitchen areas clean
and free of mold and mildew as much as possible through routine cleaning. On the outside of your home, follow these
sanitation tips. Keep trees and shrubs neatly trimmed back
to reduce pest hiding spaces. Keep mulch, pine straw or other landscape
bedding at least 6 inches from structures to create a dry zone that pests will avoid.
Don’t overwater your lawn or garden. Aerate as needed to encourage draining.
Clean out gutters and downspouts frequently. Get rid of grass clippings, leaf piles and
stacked wood to get rid of areas where pests would live.
Outdoor trash cans and dumpsters should be kept far away from structures and have tight
fitting lids. And it’s that easy with the expert help
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