How to Protect Your Home From a Potential Pest Infestation

Posted on: 26 July 2018

Even the smallest pest infestation in the home can cause quite a bit of expensive damage, as termites can easily destroy entire sections a home's framework before these insects are discovered, while rats might chew through electrical lines, insulation, and drywall before you realize the home is infested. Pests also carry disease which they can transfer to humans through their droppings or bites. To protect your home from a potential pest infestation, note a few tips to consider, and be sure to call an exterminator as needed. 


Pests often infest a home because they're looking for a food source more than anything else, so be sure you avoid supplying this to them! Invest in a covered trash bin for the kitchen and put as much food down the garbage disposal as possible, versus in the rubbish. Get thick rubber trash bins with tight-fitting lids for outside the home, and be sure you keep their lids closed at all times. Keep the kitchen spotlessly clean as well, regularly removing all crumbs, oils, and other traces of food from benchtops and the floor. 

Entry points

Regularly patch holes or rusted areas of screens on windows and doors. Note if you need to invest in smaller mesh for those screens, so flies, spiders, and other such insects can't get through. You might also need a rubber stopper at the base of your home's entryway doors, to close the gap between the door and the home's floor. 

Check the outside of your home for any gaps around windows, as well as holes or cracks in the brick or aluminium siding. Filling in gaps and cracks will reduce the risk of a pest getting into the home while also protecting your home from water damage and outside temperatures, so call a contractor to have these areas repaired as needed.

Have the home treated

After doing all you can to remove food sources and close up gaps and entry points for pests around the home, you might still consult with a pest control professional about further protecting the home from potential pests. There are certain sprays, powders and pellets that they can spread around your home and yard that will kill those pests before they can nest and reproduce in or around your home. An exterminator can also examine your property and note any risk factors for infestation, advising you on better ways of containing the trash, storing firewood, and so on, in order to keep pests away from your property.

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