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Pest Prevention Tips

Man sealing windowsPests are an unpleasant and unwelcome occurrence in any home. However, a dirty, cluttered living or cooking space can be viewed as an invitation to bugs to take up residence. That’s right, your daily habits and the general cleanliness of your home play a large role in attracting or deterring pest infestations.

If you’d like to avoid unpleasant encounters with unwanted house guests, J.P. McHale has some suggestions for preventative measures you can take to ensure that such pests do not feel the least bit welcome in your home.

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Considered the “garlic and holy water” of pest prevention, the following tips will ward off any would-be pests before they ever consider setting foot in your home.

  • Wipe down countertops. After preparing a meal, make sure to wipe down your countertops and other kitchen surfaces with Clorox wipes or a solution of equal parts vinegar and water to remove food particles and smells.
  • Transfer food to containers. Certain perishables require refrigeration and are probably already in sealable containers. But dry goods can also be stored in sealed jars and containers. This not only maintains the freshness of the food, but protects it from insects as well.
  • Fix leaky faucets. Insects need water to live. They’re attracted to both leaks and puddles of standing water, so make sure that all faucets throughout your home are functioning properly.
  • Clear your drain of food. Whether you routinely make use of your disposal or wash plates in your sink, clumps of food may have collected in the drain. To clear it of food waste, pour half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar down the drain. Wait five minutes and then pour in boiling water.
  • Rinse used bottles and containers. When you recycle juice containers, sauce jars or wine and beer bottles, make sure to rinse them first so the remnants of liquids and foods don’t attract bugs.
  • Keep a lid on it. Make sure to use a trash can with a lid and regularly take your trash out to the dumpster.
  • Seal windows and entryways. A closed door or window may deter a human-sized pest. But for your average shelter and food-seeking insect, crawling through or burrowing under gaps and cracks isn’t an issue at all. Take the appropriate steps to make sure all of your window frames and entryways are adequately caulked and sealed. You’ll probably notice a decrease in your energy bill as well.

In addition to the measures listed above, do your best to keep your home clear of clutter and debris. A little housekeeping goes a long way!

When Preventative Measures Aren’t Enough, Call J.P. McHale

In another one of our blog posts, you’ll find some handy DIY pest control tips to address small home invasions. If the pest problem becomes too big to handle on your own or you’d like some professional help, give our New York pest management company a call at (800) 479-2284. You can also contact us online with any questions you may have about pest prevention in New Jersey, New York or Connecticut.

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