Prevention is always the best option when it comes to pests. If you can avoid getting pests in your San Diego home in the first place, then you can avoid the consequences that come with a pest infestation. The reality is that pests are always going to try and get into your San Diego home. Your home offers a temperature-controlled environment and likely provides easy access to both food and water. That is the perfect setting for pests that are looking for the basics of life – shelter, food, and water. The good news is that there are some steps you can take to prevent pests from invading your home. Keep reading for five of the best pest prevention tips for San Diego homeowners.
Invest in professional pest prevention services
The best pest prevention tip – hands down – is to invest in professional pest prevention services. There are several different types of pests that will try and invade your San Diego home. These include termites, rodents, cockroaches, ants, bed bugs, and more. It is difficult to protect your home from the various types of pests without any outside help. The reality is that the typical homeowner in San Diego is not trained in pest prevention. Bringing in someone who is trained to prevent pest infestations will significantly improve your results. Professional pest prevention services involve putting a chemical barrier around your home that will prevent pests from coming inside. It also keeps the eyes of a pest control pro on the condition of your home. If he or she notices anything during the preventative services that need to be addressed, you will have a chance to address it before pests make their way inside.
Properly store trash outside your home
The trashcans outside your house can be a draw to pests. If you do not properly close the trashcans they can bring pests like cockroaches, rodents, and ants to your home. And, if you put the trashcans close to your house, those pests can easily transfer from the outside to the inside. Properly storing your trash outside your home has two parts: make sure the lid is always securely closed and do not store the trashcans right next to your house.
Deal with food scraps inside the house quickly
Food scraps in your home can quickly draw pests inside. Ants, roaches, and rodents are always looking for easy-to-access food. These pests are happy to dine on your discarded and leftover food. In order to prevent attracting these pests into your home, you need to deal with food scraps inside the house quickly. Always clear off your plate before placing it in the sink. When you throw food scraps away, be sure and do so in a trashcan that has a tight lid. Taking a few extra seconds to deal with food scraps right away will help you in your pest prevention efforts.
Clean up spills promptly
Spills can also draw pests into your home. Some crumbs on the floor or a sticky spot from a drink can be all it takes to attract a line of ants into your house. It is easy to forget about spills when you have small kids in the house. Spills happen frequently and it can feel like there are other, more pressing issues to address. The reality is that forgetting to clean up a spill can cause the bigger problem of a pest infestation. Clean up spills promptly so you do not inadvertently invite pests into your home.
Fix water issues around your property right away
Pests such as roaches, rodents, and termites are all attracted to homes that provide easy access to water. Roaches and rodents need water to thrive while Subterranean termites need access to moisture-rich soil. A water issue in or near your home can provide the perfect environment for these pests to thrive. It is important to fix water issues in and around your property right away in order to minimize your chances of developing a pest infestation.
Pest prevention for your San Diego home should be a team effort between you and a pest professional. You can get help with pest prevention from the local pros at Nixtermite. If you already have a pest infestation, Nixtermite can help as well. Reach out today to set up an inspection and develop a plan for pest prevention in your San Diego home.