It’s no secret that being a homeowner comes with the burden of responsibility.
From ensuring everything’s functional in your home – electricity, appliances, heating – to landscaping the entire exterior of your property, pest control is an easily overlooked aspect of homecare. That is, until you actually experience an infestation. At this point, it is often so severe that it requires professional intervention.
Pest-proofing your home should be at the top of your priorities list. You want to live in (and enjoy) a pest-free home. It might seem daunting, but pest-proofing your home is much easier and more simplistic than you might think.
If you’re a San Antonio homeowner, keep reading for some helpful tips on how you can pest-proof your residential property.
Helpful Pest-Proofing Tips
When pest-proofing your San Antonio home, you must consider the inside and outside of your property. Our experts at Romney Pest Control understand you can’t implement one measure effectively without the other – it just won’t be as effective.
Many pest-proofing tasks are things you would typically do around your home. Some helpful pest-proofing tips include:
- Seal All Food: Roaches and ants often look for easy food sources inside residential properties, which attract them if food isn’t stored properly, or there’s crumbs and scraps on the floor they can feed on.
- Keep Storage Spaces Dry: Damp spaces can be little hotspots for pests, so keeping them dry and well-ventilated is vital to deterrence.
- Clear Clutter: Any clutter can make a perfect hiding spot for pests, big and small.
- Keep Dark Spaces Clean: Spiders enjoy dark and less-than-clean spaces, so keeping them clean can help you avoid spider or roach infestations.
- Take Out Your Trash Regularly: Removing trash and food scraps from your home keeps pests from looking for easily accessible nourishment – the main driver of infestation.
Pest-proofing the outside of your home might actually be more important than the inside of your house – it is the functional barrier between your home and theirs. Since pests naturally live outside before making your home theirs, there are several things you’ll want to do as precautionary measures:
- Repair Decaying Wood: If you have any decaying wood on the exterior of your home, removing or repairing it is vital. Many bugs feed on, nest, and hide in decaying wood. It may also signal a termite infestation.
- Keep Doors and Windows Closed: Even if the weather’s nice, keeping the doors and windows closed or only open briefly can help prevent pests from easily getting inside.
- Keep Trash and Dumpster Lids Closed: Pests enjoy food scraps and getting into the trash – it provides them with a regular, routine food source. They’ll keep coming back if they know they can readily assess food. Keeping the lids closed can help prevent them from feeding on trash.
- Clean Your Pool Regularly: Stagnant water attracts mosquitoes and other bugs. If you have a pool, keeping it clean can prevent bugs from making it their breeding ground as a source of moisture and nourishment.
- Store Firewood Away From Your Home: If you keep firewood outside, move it away from your main residence entryways. Rodents, spiders, and other bugs hide or nest in wood, which can then drive them into your home if stored close-by.
- Trim Trees/Bushes: There should be at least a foot of space between trees and bushes from your home. Since pests frequently hide in shrubbery or use trees for nesting, it allows more space between nature and your home – which prevents them from getting inside (or on your roof) easily.
Pest control is one of the most important responsibilities you might face as a homeowner. Not only does pest-proofing your home ensure it’s free from infestation and bacterial contamination, but it can prevent structural damage to your home.
Best sure to regularly pest-proof your home and remain vigilant for any signs of infestation that could signal a more costly problem. Oftentimes, these situations cannot be tackled alone. Working with our team of experts at Romney Pest Control can help homeowners protect themselves from the dangers of infestation – or eliminate them once they’ve occurred.