As a homeowner, controlling any potential problems that you may have with pests is important not only for the health of your family but also for the health of your home. Pests can cause major health problems, as well as structural problems that you definitely won't want to have to deal with. Here are four little known ways to keep those pests at bay:
- Set Up a Feeding Schedule for Your Pets: Instead of leaving food and water out all day long, you need to have your pets on a feeding schedule. This way, the food and water that is left out does not become an attraction for any pests near your home, especially ants. Only give your cat water during feeding time and only give your dog water during feeding time, as well as when they return from exercise.
- Get an Energy Inspection: Getting an inspection done by your air conditioning company will ensure that all cracks in your home that are letting air leak in and out are found and sealed properly. Not only is this important for improving the energy efficiency of your home, but it also provides you with a way to seal up entrances for pests to get into your home.
- Fix Leaks Right Away: Any leaks that you have in your home need to be fixed right away no matter how small. Otherwise, the standing water is going to attract pests, especially cockroaches, ants, and even termites. Once you notice a leak, either tighten the loose pipe yourself or hire a plumber if you aren't sure of the exact source of the leak.
- Get a Chimney Sweep: Many types of pests, such as bats, squirrels, raccoons, and rats seek shelter in the chimney, especially if the chimney is full of dirt and debris that makes it easier for them to next there. This is because chimneys are a source of warmth for them and if you aren't using the chimney often, it can become a problem, especially if they are able to sneak into your home. If you aren't using the chimney, you also need to be sure that it is sealed to keep pests out of your home.
When you utilize these four little known tips to help with potential pest problems in the future, you can be sure that you are much less likely to deal with pests at any time of the year.