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8 Easy Ways to Prevent Pests

A Common Mouse on the Kitchen FloorYour Naperville rental home definitely should be free of pests. Still, if you’re not careful, a few insects, rodents, and other pests could pose to be a problem. Lucky for you, it’s possible to keep your home pest-free! With just a few methods of pest prevention, you can ensure that no critters are found in your home.

Clean Up

A clean home is a pest-free home. Cleaning up ensures no infestations happen. This is true because many 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 could also be a source of common household pests. If you find yourself eating in different parts of your home, you could actually be opening up yourself for an infestation of rodents and insects. As much as possible, all of the eating should be done in the kitchen where you can immediately wash your dishes.

Store Food Properly

Keeping food in the kitchen also includes storing it in air-tight, sealed containers. It’s not unusual for common household pests to be drawn to open food packages. It’s the same when you leave pet food containers open. 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. They also look for recyclables such as empty food containers. These are sure-fire ways of attracting critters. Garbage and recycling bins should regularly be cleaned out so that pests don’t get another excuse to come poking around your area. Try to have your trash pick-up scheduled on a weekly basis.

Put a Lid on It

An open can of garbage is a direct invite for pests to come and explore. If you have outdoor garbage or recycling bins, keep pests away by ensuring that your bins have a tight-fitting lid. Don’t give those pests a reason to pay your house a visit by always keeping the lid on.

Prune Foliage Near the House

Plants, not just food sources, are attractive to pests. If you have any trees or shrubs that are touching the sides or any part of your house, it’s best to prune them. 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

Are there any puddles on your property? Or any container that might collect water over time? Empty them so as not to give any insect a place to thrive. You can use topsoil to fill concave areas; also make sure to adjust the sprinklers to water those areas minimally. Without puddles, mosquitos and other pests won’t have breeding grounds.

Good Property Maintenance

Lastly, an excellent way to keep your house pest-free is good old regular property maintenance. Inform your landlord of any issues regarding clogs in gutters, holes in window screens, or even leaks in water pipes. All of these small but essential steps will help keep a 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 DuPage Preferred for comprehensive property maintenance. Contact us online or call 630-427-2200 for more information.

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