The last thing anyone needs in their busy schedule is a pest infestation. Prevent household pests like ants, cockroaches, or rodents with a few tips from Terminix, the pest control professionals.

Trim Trees and Shrubs
That flowering bush might look beautiful beside your home, but it could harbor countless pests. Note tree limbs overhanging your roof and shrubbery or mulch close to the foundation. Having them touch your house makes it easier for pests to enter.
Standing Water

Stagnant or standing water attracts a variety of pests. It doesn’t take a lot of water, either—mosquitoes can lay as many as 100 eggs in the cap of a bottle of water. Reduce standing water in sources and empty your bird bath once a week.

Improper Openings

Check the exterior for openings around doors and windows. Any openings you find are essentially an open door to rodents and arthropods, such as spiders and millipedes. Seal or put screens over improper openings.

Moisture Issues

Some pests, like termites, cockroaches, and carpenter ants, love moisture and are more likely to be found in damp areas of your house. Check your home for any moisture issues. This could mean anything from a leaky roof to plumbing and seals that should be fixed.

Screen Key Areas

While you’re checking for moisture issues, you can also look for insufficient screening around plumbing or drains. Inspect the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room to ensure all openings are properly covered. Otherwise, you could find your kitchen playing host to pests like silverfish, spiders, ants, or cockroaches.

Call the Professionals

Even the most diligent homeowners may still find themselves with a pest problem too big to tackle alone. Rid yourself of unwelcome guests by calling a pest control professional.



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