Have you ever had the feeling that you are not alone in your house? That you are sharing your living, or working space with not just a few, but most likely an army of uninvited guests? If you’ve been getting this feeling for a while now then we have bad news for you; your house and/or workspace has been invaded by pests.
They creep, they crawl, they invade in the absolute sense, and they have a nasty tendency to pop out of unexpected places. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that just the thought pest invasion might give a lot of people nightmares. Pests can get into any food item (packed or unpacked) and contaminate the stored items, the equipment they are stored in and even surfaces use to prepare or store food.
Two hundred million people around the world can be easily fed with the item of food destroyed by pests and rodents each year. Not only do they harm objects and edibles, but they also bring with them a slew of health-related hazards. Insect stings and bites can prove to be dangerous (and even deadly) in some cases due to severe allergic reactions.
Some of the most common diseases they spread include malaria, Lyme disease, high-grade fever, plague, Zika virus, hantava virus, encephalitis, West Nile virus, etc. Given all these dangers and nuisances, you should do everything you can to make sure that your home is completely pest and bug proof. The first step towards doing that is to understand the problem and then come up with a clear and efficient strategy to either eradicate or keep this strategy at bay.
Here are some tips and tricks you can use to keep your home healthy and infestation free.
Make sure all large openings are covered
Obviously speaking, unnecessary large openings around your house can be dangerous and should be permanently and completely covered up immediately.
But what about necessary large openings like roof vents of chimneys? Caulking them up would defeat the purpose of installing them.
Instead of permanently sealing them up, you can cover them with a mesh of fine wire. This type of mesh is also known as hard-wire mesh.
By covering the roof vents, chimneys and crawl spaces covered with hard-wired cloth mesh, you can use the hard-wire mesh to make the house bug proof and also to keep out small to average rodent.
Make yard maintenance a priority
For insects like mosquitoes, all open pools of water are a perfect breeding ground. Mosquitos are responsible for over 800,000 deaths per year. Removing, or covering up open pools of water will make sure that the mosquitos don’t have the chance to spread or to contaminate anything.
You can easily maintain your yard by taking some cautionary measures like aerating the ground to allow the water to be absorbed into the ground naturally, covering up slopes, so the water doesn’t gather ad regularly clean out drains and gutters.
If you think that you can’t allow time for regular yard maintenance, then you can hire a yard management service to give it the attention it needs.
Cover up and seal the cracks
Some type of cracks might seem minuscule to you and not worth the bother. But more often than not they are just the right size for pests to creep through and bring their fleet with them. That is sealing them in a timely manner is the best way to make your home be truly bug proof.
You can start by examining your house with a fine tooth comb and locate all the cracks. It doesn’t matter how small they seem. You can then permanently seal them up mortar or cement.
If you don’t want to take any chances with it, then you can hire a professional service to do the job for you.
Ensure that the doors and windows are sealed
Inspect the doors around the house very carefully. You might be surprised how many openings you will find. These tiny openings are more than enough to allow any pest to enter your house.
You can either caulk the openings or adjust the windows and the doors so that the openings don’t cause any harm.
You can also visit home improvement stores to get door and window sealing kits and tools.
In some sporadic cases, you might even have to replace the door or window altogether. But that will prove to a beneficial decision in the long run.
Cover the windows and doors with mesh screens
Keeping the windows and doors closed 24 hours is not really an ideal solution. However, by merely installing fine mesh you can keep protect your house and make sure that none of the pests get a chance to fly or crawl into the house.
It has an added bonus of keeping the house ventilated. It can prove to be highly beneficial in the summertime when keeping the windows and doors closed can never consider an option.