When it comes to your health, you already know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why you take extra steps to wash your hands regularly, eat a healthy diet, and take your vitamins each day.

But don’t forget that the same rule applies to your home. Keep your home healthy, and repel common pests like ants, roaches, and rodents, by following these preventive pest control strategies.

Solve standing water issues. Just like us, insects and rodents need water to survive. So they will congregate around areas with readily available standing water (and mosquitoes breed here). Empty containers that collect water outside, and eliminate drainage problems that lead to puddles around your yard. If pipes are leaking indoors or underneath your house, repair them quickly.

Remove and replace rotted wood. As you address standing water issues, you might find some areas of rotted wood around your home. Take care of those right away, because rotting wood is another pest attractant.

Clean your gutters. When examining your home for standing water problems, don’t forget to look up! Clearing your gutters should become a regular part of your spring cleaning routine.

Store food correctly. Use airtight containers for cereal, crackers, pasta, and so on. Pests are attracted to readily available food.

Clean your kitchen daily. Avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink, wipe down counter tops, and sweep the floor daily to remove food crumbs.

Don’t eat outside of the kitchen or dining area. Eating in the rest of the house just creates more widespread areas where crumbs potentially accumulate.

Vacuum carpet regularly. Pay special attention to cracks where baseboards meet the floor. Removing potential food sources is key, but you’ll also be removing eggs from fleas, bed bugs, and more.

Examine and seal the exterior of your home. Seal up any entry points to your home, consulting an expert when necessary.

Give us a call. If you spot signs of a pest control problem, early treatment is preferable. We can also discuss a termite bond which provides years of protection to your home.