Ants, roaches, and fruit flies – oh my! All of us have had pests in our homes, no matter how clean we keep them. It’s just something that happens on a planet with approximately 200 million insects per each human person.
The trick to getting rid of them is to find the source. Learn how to find where the pests in your home are coming from, and how to exterminate them, below!
1. You Leave Food Out
We all try to keep our houses clean, but life gets in the way. Sometimes you have to get up in the middle of dinner to take kids to practice (or pick them up) and those dishes never get done.
Or maybe it’s your kids who leave food around the house, even though you constantly tell them not to.
You could even be cleaning everything perfectly in your kitchen but leaving your pets’ food on the ground to free feed, and the pests start there.
Wherever there’s open food, especially in summer months, there’s going to be pests. And that’s double (or triple!) as true if you also have one of the other pest-related issues below.
Though it’s a hassle, the only thing you can do is ABC, or always be cleaning. Keeping all food (even tiny crumbs) stored air-tight or in the fridge will be your best defense against bugs in the kitchen.
Well, your best defense along with choosing a pest control service!
2. Your Window Screens Have Gaps
When was the last time you took a good look at your window screens? How about at the integrity of the frames?
Many of us open the windows in our home to get some fresh air, trusting that the screens are going to keep pests out, without making sure our screens are in top condition.
To start, open your window as high as it will go and look at where the screen meets the window frame, on the bottom. If you see a lot of debris and even dead bugs, that’s a sign your screens aren’t fitting the way they should.
If that’s the case, you should call a window company and get fitted for new screens. They’re less expensive (and more effective!) than you think!
3. Your Pets Are Bringing Them In
We love Fido and Fluffy, but their potty trips outside or efforts to go fetch the ball may be bringing more than muddy pawprints back in your home.
Bugs are opportunists and will cling onto your pet’s fur. Your pets then bring them inside and transfer them all over the house.
Make sure you keep your pets well-groomed and up to date on flea and tick medication – or in the case of cats, consider not letting them outside at all!
4. They’re Coming From Inside the House
Yes, just like in the horror movies, the source of your problem could be coming from inside the house. This is the worst-case scenario, as you’ll have to spend some serious money on pest control.
Make sure the sources of your pests isn’t one of the above before you call the professionals!
Getting Rid of Pests in Your Home
No matter the source of the problem, getting rid of the pests in your home will take dedication and consistency. Make sure everyone in the household is on board with your pest removal plan, and don’t let up!
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