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Simple Steps to Keep Pests Away

Food. Water. Shelter. These are the three basics living things need to survive. So, if you don’t want pests invading your home, try prevention before infestation.

Start with food sources. Clean up after meals. That includes pet bowls. Food lying around, even crumbs that fall from counter top to kitchen floor, is all it takes to attract pests. It may be a push to clean up after a late-night pizza party but it’s worth the effort. That goes for dishes in the sink, too. You know the saying, “when the cat’s away, the mice will play.” Well, enough said.

Got any leaky faucets? Bugs love water, especially stagnant pools. So if you’re in the habit of soaking dirty pots and pans in the sink, don’t do it for too long. In fact, any damp area will keep bugs happy.  If you detect leaks anywhere, seal them up, or call the plumber. It will be worth it.

As far as where pests may find a home, think “out of sight, out of mind.” That is, until you see the evidence. Clean up the clutter. Also check for cracks of any kind along baseboards, windows or doors. If there’s even the tiniest opening from the outside in, you can bet a bug or mouse will find it.

According to the Citizen’s Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety, from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you “should be able to control pests without risking your family’s health and without harming the environment.” The implied message: “pesticides we use to control pests can cause problems too.”

So take these simple steps to stop insects and rodents from entering your home in the first place. These creatures just want to survive. They really aren’t pests until they get in.

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