Keeping your home clean is usually a lot of work and you can be sure that no matter how much effort you put into it, there will always be some small pest or critter to deal with, from time to time. Over time and with older houses, this sort of issue becomes a common thing and in most cases it will require a lot of effort on your behalf to get rid of them. Here are some of the most effective ways to kick all those pets out of your home in a fast and simple manner.
One of the most common reasons why your home may be attracting various pests is due to the food that you leave all over the place. Even small things like crumbs can attract a whole variety of different pest at that can become a problem. Best way to deal with this is to make sure that you keep your house clean and that all the food in your home is properly stored in sealed containers. Things like ants and termites will almost always appear if you don’t follow these steps.
Just like with human food, pet food is a great way to attract a lot of new pests if you don’t keep the pet dish clean. If you leave your pet food outside in most cases you will not only attract small pests but also bigger ones like armadillos and raccoons which may look cute but can bring a whole range of health hazards and steal your pet’s food.
Yards and Gardens
One of the best ways to keep various pests from your home is to keep your garden or your yard properly cleaned and in good order. Things like uncut tall grass can be a heaven for dangerous pests such as ticks which will leech on to your pets and come into your home. These can carry a whole range of diseases and you will want to keep your lawn properly cut at all times. Same goes for other garden elements like firewood, for example. Cut dry wood is something that will always attract a lot of termites and you will want to keep that away from your home.
Always make sure that your trash is properly sealed in your trash can and that you take it outside of your home. Leaving trash in your yard and leaving your trash can opened, is one of the most efficient ways to end up with a whole range of pests that you will later have trouble dealing with. While the idea of have a small pack of raccoons in your backyard may sound cute, you will quickly see just how wrong you are when they start dragging the contents of your trash can all over your lawn. Raccoons are especially difficult to deal with as they can eat anything and once they figure out that your home is a good source of food, you can expect from them to bring a lot of their friends.
If everything else fails, and all these steps of prevention aren’t successful, pest control products are a great way to get rid of all kinds of critters and annoying creatures that come your way. In most cases it is always better to use repellants and not various poisons that are generally available. In most cases these poisons may not be legal in some states and can be dangerous for your pets or kids if they stumble onto them. Repellants like chemicals, sound and light alarms are a good way to keep all kinds of pests out and keep your home free of them. While this is a great short term solution, prevention is a much cheaper and more effective way to keep your home safe and sound. However, always find alternatives to dangerous poisons, even if they are more efficient and cheaper solution. In the long run, they are not. You simple cannot afford to accidentally poison somebody’s pet, a child, or even your own. Not to mention the eco-disaster they represent.
By far the most important things that you can do to keep all kinds of pests out of your home is to prevent them from appearing in the first place. This is not always easy but if you make sure that you don’t leave anything that can be considered as a food source, you will often not have to deal with any major pest issues. If you do start noticing them, you should deal with them straight away and not waste time as they can spread in your home rather fast.
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to latest home improvement DIY projects and low cost home design.