How To Tackle Pests On Your Property In 2024

Apr 10 2024
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Pests are a problem for many households and it’s something that you want to keep under control before it becomes a major issue. Pest infestations are not only a nuisance but they might cause major damage to your home both in your belongings and the foundations of the home. Tackling pests on your property takes time and effort. With that being said, here are some top tips that can help ensure pests are dealt with in the right way in 2024.

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Keep your property clean

To avoid pests on your property, keeping your property clean is essential. From your kitchen to the basement, to your outdoor space, ensuring your property is clean and pristine is key.

Setting your household up with a regular cleaning schedule is a good way to keep on top of the mess. It’s easier said than done when it comes to your home’s cleanliness, especially when life gets in the way.

Even though the home might look like a tornado has hit it at the end of the day, it’s important to stay on top of the cleaning in order to avoid it creating spots that pests will want to set up their home in.

Where piles of clothes lie or toys are strewn across the floor, these are hot spots where pests might gather if they end up getting into your home. If you’re able to store everything away instead of it being left out, then you’re going to minimize the potential of pests arriving in your home as a result.

Scope out any potential problems spots inside and out

Problem spots are something that you need to keep on top of. It’s very easy for pests to make your property their home when you’re not staying on top of these problems. From broken, risen pave stones that attract pests underneath this warm and sheltered space to holes in the home’s brickwork, it’s all areas that need to be identified.

In order to stay on top of this, try going around your property on a weekly or monthly basis to scope out any potential problems. These underlying problems are good to get on top of before they become the perfect opportunity for pests to infiltrate the home in various ways.

You might want to give this task out to your household so that someone can do a quick check around the place. That way, you’re more likely to keep up with it if you’re not the only one responsible for taking a look at any vulnerabilities around the home.

Trim back shrubs and trees in the garden

In the garden is where pests will be and where they are most likely to group in order to make your exterior areas their home on a permanent basis.

Trimming back shrubs and trees is a good way of minimizing the potential hibernation and sleeping spots for these pests. While it’s important to do your bit to encourage wildlife in your garden, it shouldn’t always be to the detriment of your home.

If you’re not someone who finds it easier with the upkeep of the garden or external spaces, then it’s worth hiring a gardener to do it all for you. Gardeners are relatively inexpensive depending on how much time will be needed to trim and maintain the exterior space you have available.

You could also minimize the effort by keeping your garden fairly minimal in appearance. Don’t incorporate anything that’s going to be more time-consuming and require regular pest proofing. You may also want to look at lawn pest control to help tame any unwanted wildlife from making a mess of your lawns.

Seal up any holes or cracks

When you take a look around your property, be wise to any areas of the home that might have become compromised or may be compromised soon. Holes and cracks are easily formed around the property, which is why it’s good to keep an eye out for whenever any appear.

These holes or cracks can not only be a problem for the energy efficiency of your home but they can also welcome in those pests that you’re trying to keep out. Some pests have a real talent for getting through the smallest of entry points and can even chomp through materials you wouldn’t have thought possible for them to do so.

Make sure you’re staying on top of any holes or cracks that appear, making sure to seal them up effectively so that no pests can get through and into your lovely home.

Keep food locked and stored away

When it comes to food around the home, that can be a big appeal to pests who are hungry and looking for grub to munch on. The most prominent place where food lies is the kitchen and any pantries.

These are areas that you want to keep clean. Not only that but you’re going to want to make sure that every package of food is durable enough that it can be left out on the side. If not, then it needs to go in a proper storage container that’s impenetrable from pests. Tupperware boxes are the best way to help ensure no pests are nibbling on your food.

There are typical food types like loaves of bread and fresh fruit that are often left out on the side and this can encourage pests into your home. Not only that but little crumbs and leftover food that’s not been wiped down or wiped onto the floor could also be what brings these annoying pests into your home – so clean it up or lock it away!

Make sure bin lids are secure

Talking of locks, be aware of how secure your bin lids are. Do they have a lock on them or are they easy to shut and do remain shut? If they don’t, then this can be a wonderland of opportunity for pests to feast on if they manage to get inside or knock a bin over.

Typical pests like raccoons and foxes can end up knocking over bins if they smell something delightful inside. Not only is this a problem for attracting more pests, but you could also end up with a mess on your lawn which is something you’ll not want to be faced with regularly.

There are some locks that you can buy for bin lids in order to keep your exterior bins secure. You should also have bins internally that are secure and will contain your rubbish without it smelling out your home – making your home a breeding ground for pests.

Remove rubbish from your property regularly

Removing rubbish is important when it comes to your property. If you allow rubbish to build up and get more substantial, then it’s going to cause hot spots for pests to pitch up in.

Whether that’s rubbish in the home or rubbish outdoors, make sure you’re shifting it where possible. Don’t allow trash bags to sit around for too long because not only does this pose a risk for pests but it will also start to smell and things will rot and smell worse.

If you have an excess amount of rubbish, then you might look to shift any excess rubbish down to the landfill. These landfills are great to clear the rubbish from your property before it gets too out of hand.

Ensure neighbors are also doing their bit

Are your neighbors doing their bit to help tackle pest problems? If the pest problem has become a neighborhood issue, then it’s good to highlight this with any neighbors who might be contributing unknowingly to the problem.

For example, if a neighbor’s garden isn’t in good condition and is often attracting unwanted wildlife, then perhaps this is something you could help with, perhaps offering some assistance to help clean up their exteriors.

Ensuring every neighbor is doing their bit where possible, will help reduce the risk of pests getting into people’s homes and causing chaos throughout your beautiful neighborhood. Setting up a neighborhood watch or social media group might be helpful in keeping everyone connected!

Seek professional pest services if required

Finally, dealing with pests isn’t always something that can be handled by yourself and any neighbors in the area. Therefore, it’s a good idea to seek out pest services if they’re required. This is often better than trying to deal with the problem yourself and potentially making it worse.

There are a number of pest control services out there and locally available to you. Some offer more humane services than others, so it’s something that you’ll want to consider carefully. These professional services are used mainly when an infestation arises but it is also good to do it once an initial problem presents itself.

Pests can invade your home and when they do, they can make living in your home uncomfortable. Use these tips to help tackle pests on your property, should they ever arrive on your home.

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