Is it your first time purchasing a new home? Are you already thinking about the improvements you want to make or where to put your furniture? Wait! First, you should find a trusted professional to make sure your brand-new house is pest-free. The last thing you want when moving into a new home is mice in the attic or roaches in the kitchen. Here are some pest control tips for new homeowners to help you through the process.
Keep in mind that mice can squeeze themselves into a hole that’s about the size of a nickel. Furthermore, bugs and spiders can each follow through those tiny cracks. You should secure the perimeter by sealing all of the gaps, holes, and cracks in your home’s foundation.
Don’t forget to pay close attention to the vents, windows, doorways, and the eaves of the roof. You may want to use wire mesh to cover your vent openings to be extra sure those critters are kept at bay.
Since pests are attracted to standing water, make sure the faucets don’t leak and that the rain gutters are properly drained. If there is even a small leak, over time that water may pool around the building’s foundation.
Moreover, avoid placing wood, mulch, and other landscaping materials that may retain moisture close to your home. Speaking of water, also be sure to have a well-ventilated bathroom. If you have houseplants, avoid overwatering them and having the mud just sitting there.
Unless you want to share your new house with hungry critters, be sure to eliminate possible food sources by getting rid of food crumbs and wiping up spills. Furthermore, pests are more active during the night, so it’s best to clean up your kitchen counters, stovetops, appliances, and cabinets before you go to bed. Use containers with tight-fitting lids to store your food and take out the trash on a regular basis.
The best way to keep those pests out of your property is to enlist the help of certified pest control experts. Contact O’Hara Pest Control today to schedule an inspection!