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Scampering Pests Are More than Just a Nuisance

There are people who don’t flinch at the sight of a rat and others who go crazy at the presence of an ant. Regardless of your level of pest tolerance, they can wreak havoc on your home in more ways than one. 

Ways to Avoid Infestation

While there’s no 100 percent foolproof system that can eliminate any and all pests, there are steps that you as a homeowner can take to reduce the possibility. Since insects and rodents travel across your property inward undercover through scrubs, tall grass and debris, clearing a perimeter around the foundation and keeping a lush, short green lawn will remove their access. For climbers, like squirrels, cutting and trimming back branches away from the roof works the same as creating a perimeter. Going around the home’s exterior and looking for any openings, no matter how small, and then sealing them up will also help. Bugs and rodents seek shelter, food, and water. If they don’t have access to any of the above they move on. This is why it’s also important to make sure you have no exterior or interior drips in your plumbing. 

Maintaining a High Quality of Life

You do everything in your power to promote a healthy lifestyle. But do you, really? If you have pests seeking asylum in your home you could be putting you and your loved ones at risk for deteriorating health. Pests like rats, mice, and even the common house fly can carry diseases. One bite or piece of contaminated food can land you in the hospital or worse yet with an illness that’s life-threatening. Luckily, you can take steps to protect your family from that type of scenario by using a pest control service.  

Preserving Your Humble Domain

Pests not only have the potential to cause you harm but can also make your home’s value decline. Carpenter ants and termites love wood. And, in short order, they can compromise the structure and in many cases without notice. Rodents like the rat and mouse like to burrow into walls and drawers. Unfortunately, in order to create their perfect dwelling, they chew through various surfaces such as wood, your insulation and yes, the wiring putting you at risk of a fire. The good news is that by having an annual inspection of your property by a company that specializes in pest control, you can identify early on if you have an unwanted guest and take the appropriate steps to eliminate them. 

Common Sense Ways to Deter Pests

There are many other common sense solutions for preventing an invasion of your property. You can keep the kitchen clean, all food sealed in airtight plastic containers, remove any spills quickly, and check your window and door screens for small holes. When it comes to the outdoors, move the garbage cans at least 50′ away from the home, dump any standing water, and keep the deck and patio clean. 

Pest control is important for many reasons. Unwanted intruders can harm your family and your home. They can also cause your biggest investment to decline in value. Thankfully, there are many ways to reduce the risk and probability of having an all-out invasion. 

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