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Sep 23

Keep your home pest-free
Pests can make your home very scary, whether you have a swarming of rats or fleas. Infestations are not only dangerous but can also make your home less worth. It is important to keep your home pest-free by taking steps to avoid any problems. Here are some tips to help prevent pest infestations from causing damage to your home.

All Interior Cracks
To stop pests entering your property, seal any cracks. Did you know that pests can easily enter your home through the smallest cracks in your walls? These cracks are caused by holes in your windows screens and doors that aren’t sealed properly.

You should seal cracks at the baseboards, corners, and below the window frames. Many pests won't venture out of their homes during the day so they will hide in small spaces until it is time to eat.

Have Your Roof Inspected
Like your basement, there might be places in your roof or attic that could allow pests to gain entry. If you have open entryways, rodents such a raccoon, squirrel, or other rodents could easily get into your home. Bees, hornets, wasps, as well other roof pests, are more likely to infest your home. It is worth having a professional inspect your roof at the very least once a calendar year.

Stop Lying about Food
Cleaning your home is the most important way to make your home pest-free. But you might overlook some places. After your pet has had a meal, ensure that the bags are properly sealed and out of reach. You should also clean up the bowls of your pet after they finish eating.

Try to think of innovative ways to dispose of your garbage. As much as possible, keep your garbage basket behind the cupboard door or closet. You should always cover your wastebasket with a lid. If you find something that is a little more ominous than usual, it's best to throw it away immediately to keep pests away.

Some pests don't need traditional food to survive. Pests may be able to eat paper packaging, for instance. Drain flies, gnats, and others can live off organic material in pipes and plants.

Watch for Standing Water
All know that mosquitoes do not breed in standing water. Other pests like silverfish and earwigs love standing water as much as mosquitoes. Make sure to check your basements and attics for standing water. Your yard should be inspected for standing water. Poor drainage or foundation issues may require you to hire professionals to redirect any excess water.

Make sure you are familiar with the signs
It is important to prevent pests from spreading. Also, being aware of signs will help you identify potential problems before they escalate. You should identify the kinds of insects that may be attacking your yard. Even though there are many bugs in your yard, they can easily find their way inside. This is especially true as the temperatures outside drop.

Schedule treatments
Central Oregon pest control professionals can provide guidance on how to reduce seasonal pest problems. Many rodents and insects can find shelter in colder months and then reproduce as soon the weather changes. Schedule seasonal treatments to avoid pest problems. This will allow you to keep pest control costs in check for the future.

Landscape Evaluation
Does your lawn seem attractive to pests, or is it just a natural feature? If there is any compost or wood left uncovered, it can be a breeding ground for pests. When you are clearing your yard of rubble and piles, it is a good idea to plant pest-resistant plants. These plants are specifically designed to keep insects away.

Check Your Bodies
Even though they aren't very common, it is possible for bed bugs and roaches to get into your home by opening boxes and packages. Before throwing away any packages you get, check the box for pests.

As always you can find pest control services in Bend for additional assistance if necessary.


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