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8 Easy Ways to Prevent Pests

A Common Mouse on the Kitchen FloorYou certainly don’t want pests at your Taunton rental home. However, insects, rodents, and other pests may still invade your property. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep your home pest-free. With a few tips on controlling pests, you can make sure that no critters make a home in yours.

Clean Up

A clean home means very little chance of pest infestation. In case you didn’t know, different types of pests are attracted to food, dirt, clutter, and crumbs. Make it a point to keep clutter to a minimum and wash your dishes every day. It’s also important to vacuum and sweep your floors and wipe up any spills immediately to keep pests away.

Keep Food in the Kitchen

Food can very well be the main source of the most common household pests. If food can be found anywhere in your home, that might be an open call for rodents and insects. The best practice would be to keep all of the eating inside the kitchen and to wash the dishes immediately after using.

Store Food Properly

Keeping food in the kitchen also includes storing it in air-tight, sealed containers. You will find that pests are easily attracted to open food packages. Pet food can have the same effect, as well. To keep pests out, be sure to use sealable bags or plastic storage containers for all food, whether in the pantry, cupboard, or fridge.

Keep Recycling and Garbage Under Control

Rodents and insects love garbage. Oftentimes, they gravitate towards recyclables, especially empty food containers. Garbage and recycling bins should always be emptied out to avoid inviting pests. One way to go about this is to have your trash picked up weekly.

Put a Lid on It

Most pests will always be drawn to an open bin of garbage. If you have outdoor garbage or recycling bins, keep pests away by ensuring that your bins have a tight-fitting lid. When you keep the lid on, you’re making sure that those pests don’t come wandering around your area and making a big mess.

Prune Foliage Near the House

While it’s true that food sources attract pests, so do plants. This is why you should prune any shrub or tree that is in direct contact with the sides of your house. By leaving some space between your foliage and the house, you can prevent pests from using branches and leaves to find their way inside.

Eliminate Standing Water

If there are puddles in your property or anything that might collect or store water, make sure to dry them out. These are potential breeding grounds for insects. Puddles can be filled with topsoil, and you can adjust sprinklers so that they don’t create other puddles in other areas. This will help keep those mosquitos and pests away from your home.

Good Property Maintenance

A pest-free house is one that undergoes regular property maintenance. Make sure to keep your landlord in the loop of keeping gutters and window screens cleaned, as well as dealing with water leaks and whatnot. These may be simple steps, but they are the first few to take towards keeping your home free of pests.

Is your landlord ignoring basic property maintenance? Perhaps it’s time for a new property manager! Both tenants and owners alike know they can trust Real Property Management Success for comprehensive property maintenance. Contact us online or call 908-239-7579 for more information.

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