Pest Problems and How to Avoid Them

With all of the stress of the past year, the last thing anyone needs is to be dealing with a pest problem at home – indoors or outdoors. Indoors is a given, as we are all hunkered down due to the COVID-19 pandemic but maintaining your outdoor property is equally as important since, come spring, we will all be spending socially distanced time enjoying the weather in the backyard with friends. Just the word “pest” sounds annoying so keep the following simple fixes in mind to help keep the creepy crawlies and critters away:

Call in The Experts:

One of the best things that you can do when you start to experience a problem with pests is to call in the experts, like the ones at Smith’s Pest Management, because your issue could get out of hand very quickly. It’s also important for the process to be as eco-conscious as possible, which Smith’s offers. Once a pest problem goes too far it not only becomes unsafe but can severely damage your property. Hiring the experts will also take the guesswork out of solving the problem yourself, which is crucial as time is of the essence when dealing with pests because the issue is only going to escalate.

Do a Deep Clean:

A nice, clean house is a safe house as some bugs and critters are attracted to dust and clutter or crumbs and countertop produce in the kitchen or dining area. Maintaining a pest free home includes dusting regularly, vacuuming up any crumbs, and clearing spaces of clutter so that there is nowhere for the pests to hide. Don’t forget your garage as well as the drainpipes in your kitchen and bathroom, which can attract bugs when clogged.

Patch Up Any Holes:

If there are any cracks or holes in your house, it gives any type of pest easy access into chez vous. Inspect your house carefully both indoors and out and be sure to take note of if there are any tears in your screen doors or windows or any gaps in the doors. Replacing a screen door or window and patching up holes could be

something that you could tackle on your own. However, if you are unsure, call in an expert so the job can get done properly. Cutting off any access into your house will be essential for keeping it pest free.

Do Your Research:

There are tons of great tips online to help repel pests and, even if you aren’t experiencing a problem, they can be good to follow so that it stays that way. Did you know that there are certain plants that repel mosquitoes? There are even plants that eat the bugs, themselves! You can also use a jar with a bit of apple cider vinegar in it to help trap little fruit flies (The worst!).

If there are any pests that you are worried about dealing with come spring and summer, especially since you will be having company, it would be wise to start seeing which preventative measures you can utilize in the next few months. I, for one, don’t think I could enjoy a lemonade on the patio and all the while pests are making the property their own!

Keeping a pest free home ensures the safety of your family, pets, and property. Major problems are also a definite way of lowering your curb appeal in the neighbourhood. Remember, if you are ever unsure of anything when it comes to doing home maintenance or pest control, there is no shame in calling a professional, as you definitely are not alone, shown here. Having the job get done right is the most important thing so that you can continue to enjoy your property worry free.

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