Although many of the restrictions and closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak are lifting, some people may not feel comfortable or safe going back out again just yet. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of sheltering in place is that some of your habits can attract pests. Even worse? Some of these pests carry diseases, which you want to avoid especially due to an already impacted healthcare system.
In order to keep your home safe and pest free while you’re spending additional time indoors, our Springdale, AR pest control experts at Hopper Termite & Pest have compiled a few essential tips.
Exterior Pest Control Tips
One of your first lines of defense against pests is making sure they aren’t attracted to your property and making sure they cannot get inside.
Turn Off All Exterior Lights at Night
Despite many years of research, entomologists still haven’t discovered exactly why bugs are attracted to lights. Either way, any exterior lights you have will make flying insects congregate around your lightbulbs and near your doors. Turning them off at night will remove one thing that could potentially attract them to your property.
Ensure Your Trash Cans Are Clean & Kept Far from Your Property
While the stench of your trash may be repulsive to you, it’s appetizing to rodents and insects. Even more disgusting? Many pests prefer to eat rotting food because it’s easier for them to digest. Your trash is also a perfect place for insects to allow larvae to grow, making any pest population grow exponentially. In order to prevent potential pests from being attracted to your home, and trying to venture inside it, try to stash your trash bins away from your home, especially any doors or windows.
Maintain Any Landscaping Around Your Home
While having trees and bushes in your yard can enhance your curb appeal, it can also attract pests. Because insects and rodents are adept at climbing, flying, or crawling, they use any landscaping as helpful steps to access the interior of your home. Additionally, long blades of grass are able to retain moisture more than short blades, which creates a perfect environment for many pests to thrive. While spraying is a great way to ward off infestations and keep them out of your home, it must be done in tandem with trimmed trees and bushes and freshly mowed grass.
Ensure There Is No Standing Water on Your Property
Summers in Arkansas are hot and muggy, which is the perfect weather for mosquitoes to thrive. They tend to love yards where there’s standing water, such as puddles, bowls of water for pets, and bird baths, because it’s the perfect place for them to lay their eggs. Removing standing water will enable you to safely get some fresh air outdoors while you shelter in place without having to bat away mosquitoes or worry about their bites.
Interior Pest Control Tips
While many of our sheltering in place pest control tips are concerned with the exterior of your home, there are still things you need to do to ensure they don’t get indoors and cause you distress.
Keep Your Doors & Windows Closed as Often as Possible
In the summertime, Springdale, AR gets hot. As we enjoy the refreshing cool air from our AC, pests are drawn to it as it escapes our home. In order to prevent them from coming in, make sure your doors are shut and any open window has a screen.
Additionally, any open cracks or seals are the perfect places for pests to enter your home. You can save yourself quite a bit of stress and money by ensuring that your home is properly sealed. This not only prevents pests, but it will also improve the efficiency of your air conditioner and reduce your electric bill.
Install Light Blocking Curtains
Just like pests are attracted to your exterior light fixtures, they will also gather around any interior light coming from your home. This means that if you have the lights on, they will be drawn to any windows where they can see this light. We recommend drawing curtains or shades in order to prevent any possible attraction to your home. This also prevents any nosy neighbors from seeing what you’re doing, and there’s no such thing as too much privacy!
Properly Store Food in Sealed Containers
Food is, perhaps, one of the biggest reasons pests are attracted to your home. Therefore, it’s important to put your food away in difficult to access areas and ensure it’s tightly sealed so it’s harder for any pests to smell it. In addition to storing your food away, you need to ensure that you put away any dirty dishes and clean up any spills from cooking. Not only will you keep the pests away, but you’ll also enjoy the perks of having a cleaner environment while you’re sheltering at home.
Still Having Pest Issues? Get in Touch with Us!
If you’ve followed all of these tips and you’re still dealing with an infestation, give our experienced Springdale, AR pest control technicians a call. We have over 55 years of experience and will get to the bottom of the issue in no time. We offer a full range of green products that are safe for you and the environment.