Pests can find their way into any part of your home, however there are a few places where they are more likely to lurk. This post delves into some of the most common places around the home to find pests and what you can do to deter them.
The kitchen is where all the food is kept and it is therefore a magnet for pests. Ants, cockroaches, flies, weevils, mice and rats are all attracted to food smells in the kitchen. Once they get hold of food they can contaminate it with bacteria and diseases, which is why they need to be kept out.
These animals are more likely to keep coming back here if food is easily accessible – leaving out food on the counter or leaving food crumbs on the floor are big mistakes that can keep pests coming back. Make sure food crumbs and spillages are cleaned up and get into a habit of storing foods in sealed containers. Be wary that some pests may be able to get into cardboard packaging – in pest-prone areas, it may be better to relocate these foods to plastic tubs or jars that a pest cannot get into.
Attics are rarely disturbed places in our homes where many animals can feel safe nesting. Birds, bats, squirrels, wasps and roof rats are some of the animals that like to nest in attics. These animals can cause a lot of damage to your attic and any possessions stored there.
Pests are only likely to get in if there are cracks or gaps in your roofing. Once you have dealt with the pest problem, it could be worth hiring a roofing company to seal up any potential entrance so that you don’t get more unwanted visitors.
The dark and damp conditions of many basements make them the perfect home for various critters. Spiders, termites, cockroaches, ants and centipedes are some of the pests that like to hang out here. Some of these creatures can cause damage, while others are simply unpleasant.
If you’re getting pest problems in your basement, there are two things you’ll want to do. The first solution could be to reduce moisture by installing a dehumidifier – this will make your basement less appealing to bugs like cockroaches. The second thing to do is to seal up any cracks – this should keep out pests and leaks, however you’ll need to constantly look out for future cracks.
Garages are popular clutter zones that are often neglected. This makes them a popular place for pests like spiders and mice to nest. From your garage, could then spread to other areas of the home.
Keeping your garage tidy and repairing any damage can help to keep pests out. Make sure that the garage door is always fully closed – you could have all kinds of animals coming in there is a big enough gap.
Just like garages, sheds are often neglected clutter-zones, which can make them a hotspot for pests. Sheds are one of the most popular places for mice and rats to nest. All manner of bugs can nest here too from wasps to spiders.
As with your garage, try to regularly tidy up your shed and seal up any potential entrances. You’re unlikely to keep all creatures out of your shed, but you can keep most of them out.