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8 Easy Ways to Prevent Pests

A Common Mouse on the Kitchen FloorThe last thing your Hampden rental home needs are pests. Nonetheless, there might be a few insects, rodents, and other pests that get will past your defenses. Thankfully, there are methods for keeping your home pest-free. With just a few methods of pest prevention, you can ensure that no critters are found in your home.

Clean Up

Making sure that your home is clean is to ensure that there is little to no chance of a pest infestation. In case you didn’t know, different types 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

Food could also be a source of common household pests. Eating food in different areas inside your home is like giving rodents and insects a free pass to enter. As much as possible, all of the eating should be done in the kitchen where you can immediately wash your dishes.

Store Food Properly

Keeping food in the kitchen also includes storing it in air-tight, sealed containers. Open food packages make for really good bait for household pests. Not to mention pet food, too! 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. They also look for recyclables such as empty food containers. These are sure-fire ways of attracting critters. Keep those pests far from your property by consistently cleaning out those garbage and recycling bins. Try to have your trash pick-up scheduled on a weekly basis.

Put a Lid on It

Your garbage bins should never be left open as these are sure-fire ways of attracting pests. If you have outdoor garbage or recycling bins, keep pests away by ensuring that your bins have a tight-fitting lid. Keeping the lid on at all times means keeping those pesky pests away!

Prune Foliage Near the House

While it’s true that food sources attract pests, so do plants. This is why you should prune any shrub or tree that is in direct contact with the sides of your house. 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 you happen to find any puddles of water in your property, or any containers that might store water, it would be a good idea to empty them out. You can use topsoil to fill concave areas; also make sure to adjust the sprinklers to water those areas minimally. Without puddles, mosquitos and other pests won’t have breeding grounds.

Good Property Maintenance

A pest-free house is one that undergoes regular property maintenance. The landlord should always be informed of any issues in gutters, window screens, and even water leaks. Addressing these issues is vital to maintaining a home that is 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 Acadia for comprehensive property maintenance. Contact us online or call 207-561-7482 for more information.

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