How To: Cleaning for Preventative Pest Control

Cleaning is one of the simplest and most efficient forms of preventative pest control. When entering a home, most pests are looking for one of three things: Food, Water, or Shelter. Eliminating as many of these resources as you can will help ensure your home stays insect free.  Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what factor is causing bugs to enter your home. It could be a faulty seal around doors and windows, gaps in the siding of your home, or cracks in the foundation of your home. However, a good thorough cleaning of your home is a good first line of defense to eliminate infestation. 

What To Look Out For

Excess Moisture: A humid home provides an oasis for bugs of any kind. They thrive in wet climate conditions. If your home gets fairly humid, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier. Additionally, check for any areas in your home that are vulnerable to water leakage or buildup. These areas include like under the sink, basements or crawl spaces, and bathrooms. 

Paper and Cardboard: Some species of insects actually eat paper and cardboard, so minimizing the amount of recyclable waste left in your home can also be helpful in preventing bugs.  

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Clutter: Bugs are attracted to clutter, so organizing around your come can also help prevent bugs. Clutter gives bugs a plethora of hiding spots and worse, places to lay eggs, so make sure you keep your belongings as tidy as possible. 

Cleaning Tips For Preventative Pest Control

Floors: Make sure you are frequently mopping, vacuuming, and sweeping your floors to ensure that food crumbs or other debris don’t get left on your floors for long periods of time. Make sure to also get those hard-to-reach areas like under the stove, around the fridge, and by the floorboards, as these can be some of the best hiding spots for small creatures. 

Dishes: One of the easiest targets for bugs is dirty dishes. Keeping your dishes clean and put away eliminates the allurement of an easy meal for these bugs. If you don’t have time to wash your dishes right away, even rinsing them off and placing them in the dishwasher can help keep the bugs away. 

Pantry: Make sure that every once in a while, you look through your pantry to make sure there are no areas where bugs could find food. Make sure there are no containers left open or unsealed, and wipe down the shelves of your pantry every once in a while. 

Furniture: Occasionally, you should vacuum out your furniture, especially if you eat in those areas. You would be surprised how many crumbs can get in the cracks of your furniture, even if you think you are being careful with your food. 

Trash: Taking out the trash on a regular basis is a great way to prevent bugs, especially if you have a lot of food waste.

Thorough cleaning of your home can help mitigate your risk for pest infestation, but sometimes cleaning is not enough. Pests can enter a home for a variety of reasons, some unrelated to the home’s cleanliness. Additionally, if you already have an insect infestation in your home, professional help is needed in order to completely resolve the problem. In any of these situations, you can trust Lookout Pest Control, formerly Any Pest Inc., to get things taken care of for you. 

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The most effective pest control is done through prevention: not only through cleaning but also through professional pest treatment of your home. At Lookout Pest Control, we understand that every home is different, so we provide personalized pest control solutions tailored to your needs. Our team of qualified professionals strives to deliver effective yet environmentally-friendly solutions to your home or business. Give us a call today at 678-888-0035 or contact us here!