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8 Easy Ways to Prevent Pests

A Common Mouse on the Kitchen FloorYour Bloomingdale rental home definitely should be free of pests. Still, if you’re not careful, a few insects, rodents, and other pests could still pose to be a problem. Luckily, there are ways to keeping 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 means very little chance of pest infestation. Remember that many kinds 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

If you’re looking for a source of common household pests, food is a great place to start. If food can be found anywhere in your home, that might be an open call for rodents and insects. It’s a good idea to keep the eating inside the kitchen and to immediately wash the dishes.

Store Food Properly

Keeping food in the kitchen also includes storing it in air-tight, sealed containers. When you have open food packages, you’re calling for household pests. Pet food can have the same effect, as well. 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. Oftentimes, they gravitate towards recyclables, especially empty food containers. Garbage and recycling bins should regularly be cleaned out so that pests don’t get another excuse to come poking around your area. One way to go about this is to have your trash picked up weekly.

Put a Lid on It

It’s not a surprise to find pests swarming an open can of garbage. 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

While food sources can attract pests, there are other things that can do that, too — plants, for example. Look around your property for any shrub or tree that might touch any part of your house. If there are any, 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

Check for any puddles in your property, or anything that might collect water. These can serve as nests for insects. You can use topsoil to fill concave areas; also make sure to adjust the sprinklers to water those areas minimally. This helps keep those mosquitos and pests away.

Good Property Maintenance

In conclusion, keeping your home pest-free is not as difficult as it sounds — and it all starts with regular property maintenance. If you haven’t already, update your landlord of the condition of gutters, window screens, and maybe even water leaks so that they can be cleaned and dealt with promptly. These may be simple steps, but they are the first few to take towards keeping your 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 Washington DC for comprehensive property maintenance. Contact us online or call 202-813-9993 for more information.

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