You vacuum every week, clean crumbs off the kitchen counters, and take the trash to the curb without any detours. So surely those ants crawling along the windowsill have nothing to do with you, right? Well . . .
6 Ways You’re Attracting Pests (Without Knowing It)
- You’re a casual gardener. Landscaping pros know that pine straw, compost piles, and untrimmed hedges or lawns attract insects faster than your spring bulbs can bloom. Keep your lawn and garden neat (and keep all vegetation 2-3 feet away from the house) to discourage pests.
- You like fresh air. Even once you’ve trained your kids to “close the door when you go play!” pests can get into the house through cracks, vents, fireplaces, and broken window screens.
- You’re a packrat. If you have papers piled in drawers, clutter shoved in closets, and boxes of junk you never found time to unpack, your pests are having a field day.
- You offer a free lunch. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but when it comes to pests, you’re stuck footing the bill. Deter pests by keeping all food (including pet food) in sealed plastic containers instead of rolled and sealed with a clip.
- Your home is a little soggy. Pests love moisture, so if it’s there, they’ll find it. Stop leaving dishes to soak overnight in the sink and wipe up any water spills right away. Can’t find the source of the moisture? You may have a hidden leak in the plumbing that needs repair.
- You’ve made your neighbors mad. Even if your home is one big anti-pests sign, if your neighbors have bad habits, pests will still find you. If you have ongoing pest problems, (politely) talk to your neighbors. Chances are they’ve been dealing with similar problems and may not know the best ways to deter pests from returning.
Want those pesky pests gone yesterday? Call Progressive Pest Control to kill the bug (and keep his ghost from returning to haunt your home).