Congratulations on owning your first home! While many tasks that come with new home ownership may seem daunting, keeping your new home pest free is as simple as 123. The best way to avoid insect infestations inside is to start outside. Eliminating insect habitats is a great start, so be sure the exterior perimeter of your home is free of debris like wet leaves and wood, and keep bushes and branches trimmed away from the house. Additionally, seal any cracks and crevices that create a pathway for pests to migrate inside. They can infiltrate even the tiniest cracks. Eliminate food sources that attract pests. Dispose of uneaten foods promptly and take out the trash frequently. Also, be sure to keep floors swept or vacuum because what looks like a tiny come to us may look like a feast to ants, roaches, and even rodents. Standing water is an attractive breeding ground for many insects, especially mosquitoes. Re-position or eliminate items that collect water such as decorative pots, furniture, or children’s toys. Clean your gutters twice a year to keep them free of debris and leaves. Finally, use mulch or soil to fill in lower lying areas of your yard that seem to retain excess water. Check back with us frequently at amdro.com and look for us on facebook/amdropestcontrol for more information and videos on pest prevention and control, and remember always read and follow labeled instructions.