Pests and vermin, oh my! If you’ve experienced a sudden infestation or invasion of your domicile due to furry, scaley, or chitinous creatures coming inside, you need to act fast to get them out and make sure they stay out. Sometimes, doing this is easy. At other times, you may need to call in an expert. But there are usually things you can do to make sure they never get inside in the first place. Here are four interesting ways to keep pests out of your home
Keep Them Out
Animals are simple creatures, powered by desires to eat, drink, and stay warm. Keep in mind that they aren’t specifically targeting you or your home. Mostly, they only enter if indoor spaces promise the above conveniently. Before winter, take a walk around your house and look for any holes in the walls, edges, eaves, and so forth that you may need to seal. An open space is an open invitation. Make sure to cap your chimney. A cap will reduce moisture in your home and keep critters out. Finally, securely cover your doors, windows, and window wells. If you neglect this, you may need to deal with animals stuck in your window wells and the other openings in your home. All it takes is a little push for a pest to enter your home.
Pay Attention to the Drain
The second interesting way to keep pests out of your home is to pay attention to your basement drain. It’s good to check it since you never think about it unless it’s not doing its job. Not to spark any nightmare scenarios in your head, but drains can invite all sorts of bugs, rodents, and even frogs and lizards into your home. Cover your drain with a grate and replace the grate if years of rust and corrosion have caused parts to disintegrate and fall away. Make sure no food or similar organic matter gathers near the edge. The scent of snacks can draw unwanted visitors.
Protect Against Passengers
Sometimes, pests come inside by themselves. But you can also bring them in unknowingly. For example, bed bugs have a nasty habit of hitching rides onto travelers’ luggage and clothing and moving from hotels to homes and back again. When traveling, keep your stuff sealed in plastic bags. Fleas attach themselves to our furry friends, so monitor how long your pets remain outside. Also, keep them away from other animals and give them regular baths. And while there’s nothing like a cozy fire in the fireplace, firewood can house bugs. Be sure you’re buying kiln-dried wood, as this won’t contain any unwelcome pests.
Squash Them With Your Green Thumb!
Add beauty and fresh and lovely scents to your home by planting certain plants that bugs can’t stand. Many insects and even mice avoid mint due to its sharp scent. Citronella and lemongrass repel mosquitoes, while marigolds and chrysanthemums deter many insects and even rabbits from approaching gardens. If you’re feeling slightly vindictive, consider growing a sundew plant or Venus flytrap, which can keep the insect population in your home down, as well.