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8 Easy Ways to Prevent Pests

A Common Mouse on the Kitchen FloorYour Yorktown rental home should be free from pests. Nevertheless, always be cautious, because you could still be invaded by insects, rodents, or other pests. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep your home pest-free. Through a few pest control tips, your home can most certainly be free of any unwanted critters.

Clean Up

A clean home means very little chance of pest infestation. Remember that many kinds of pests are attracted to food, dirt, clutter, and crumbs. Make it a point to keep clutter to a minimum and wash your dishes every day. It’s also important to vacuum and sweep your floors and wipe up any spills immediately to keep pests away.

Keep Food in the Kitchen

It’s quite likely that food is the biggest source of common household pests in your home. If food can be found anywhere in your home, that might be an open call for rodents and insects. If you can help it, keep all of the eating and food inside the kitchen, and wash those dishes right after.

Store Food Properly

Keeping food in the kitchen also includes storing it in air-tight, sealed containers. It’s not unusual for common household pests to be drawn to open food packages. It’s the same when you leave pet food containers open. To keep pests out, be sure to use sealable bags or plastic storage containers for all food, whether in the pantry, cupboard, or fridge.

Keep Recycling and Garbage Under Control

Rodents and insects love garbage. Often times, recyclables, too — especially empty food containers! Garbage and recycling bins should regularly be cleaned out so that pests don’t get another excuse to come poking around your area. Getting your trash picked up weekly is also a great idea.

Put a Lid on It

It’s not a surprise to find pests swarming an open can of garbage. If you have outdoor garbage or recycling bins, keep pests away by ensuring that your bins have a tight-fitting lid. Don’t give those pests a reason to pay your house a visit by always keeping the lid on.

Prune Foliage Near the House

While food sources can attract pests, there are other things that can do that, too — plants, for example. If you have any trees or shrubs that are touching the sides or any part of your house, it’s best to prune them. By leaving some space between your foliage and the house, you can prevent pests from using branches and leaves to find their way inside.

Eliminate Standing Water

If there are puddles in your property or anything that might collect or store water, make sure to dry them out. These are potential breeding grounds for insects. Spots that collect water can be filled with topsoil. Then, adjust the sprinklers to water those areas at a minimum. In doing this, you can keep the mosquitos and other pests to a minimum, too.

Good Property Maintenance

In conclusion, keeping your home pest-free is not as difficult as it sounds — and it all starts with regular property maintenance. Inform your landlord of any issues regarding clogs in gutters, holes in window screens, or even leaks in water pipes. These may be simple steps, but they are the first few to take towards keeping your home free of pests.

Is your landlord ignoring basic property maintenance? Perhaps it’s time for a new property manager! Both tenants and owners alike know they can trust Real Property Management Dominion for comprehensive property maintenance. Contact us online or call 757-395-4274 for more information.

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