Just like any other city, Seattle has its fair share of pests. Some common pests in the western Washington area include ants, rodents, spiders, silverfish, cockroaches, fleas, ticks, and bed bugs. Because Seattle is an older city, this makes buildings and older homes more susceptible to pests due to their architectural features and aging infrastructure. There are many things you can do to protect your home, no matter how old it is, from pests. Consider the following tips:
One of the best things you can do to prevent pests from entering your home is to properly seal all potential entry points around your home’s foundation and walls. It is important to know that insects and rodents can enter homes through the smallest openings. When walking around the perimeter of your home, pay attention to any cracks or small openings you may find. It is also vital to ensure that all windows and doors are intact. Use materials such as caulk or weatherstripping when sealing any gaps found throughout the property.
By regularly cleaning and organizing your home, especially the kitchen area, you can help deter pests from entering and lingering in your home. Pests are mainly attracted to food. By keeping your kitchen free of crumbs or spills, pests will be less inclined to explore your home. It is also helpful to regularly organize any storage rooms or areas. Most pests, like spiders, cockroaches, and silverfish, like to hide in areas that are dark and rarely frequented. Organize areas like bookshelves, pantries, cupboards, or other storage areas to help eliminate any hiding pests.
Because pests are primarily attracted to areas with a sufficient food source, it can be helpful to store food in airtight containers. Keeping food properly sealed makes it difficult for pests to access. It is best to ensure the food is properly stored and that no food is left out overnight – including pet food.
It is beneficial to regularly dispose of garbage from your kitchen, bathroom, or any other areas. Pests thrive in areas with open food sources. When you keep your garbage in sealed bins, you are actively closing off food areas and making it harder for pests to access. It can be helpful to rinse out cans or disposable food containers before throwing them in the trash so that your trash can and kitchen can remain clean.
There are things you can also do outside to take preventative measures. Trimming trees and shrubs away from the home can help reduce pests in your home as they can provide pathways for pests. It can also be beneficial to regularly clean out your home’s gutters as many pests are attracted to organic debris. As much as it is important to keep the inside of your home clean, it can be equally important to keep the landscaping of the home maintained.
It is most important to be educated about the pests in your area. By following these tips, you can help reduce the chance of pests entering your home. However, these tips may not be effective enough for your home when dealing with an infestation. Consider hiring your local Insight Pest Solutions for frequent maintenance and inspections. If you have any questions about pests in your area, call us at (888) 414-1430.