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8 Easy Ways to Prevent Pests

A Common Mouse on the Kitchen FloorYour Manhattan rental home definitely should be free of pests. Yet, some insects, rodents, and other pests could still find a way into your home. Luckily, there are ways to keeping your home pest-free. Pay attention to some pest control tips and you’ll surely make your home safe and free from critters.

Clean Up

A clean home is the first step to avoiding pest infestations. This is true because many types of pests are attracted to food, dirt, clutter, and crumbs. Make it a point to keep clutter to a minimum and wash your dishes every day. It’s also important to vacuum and sweep your floors and wipe up any spills immediately to keep pests away.

Keep Food in the Kitchen

Food is a very common source of common household pests. If you find yourself eating in different parts of your home, you could actually be opening up yourself for an infestation of rodents and insects. It’s a good idea to keep the eating inside the kitchen and to immediately wash the dishes.

Store Food Properly

Keeping food in the kitchen also means storing it in air-tight, sealed containers. Household pests will almost always go for open food packages, too. Pet food is also something they naturally gravitate to. To keep pests out, be sure to use sealable bags or plastic storage containers for all food, whether in the pantry, cupboard, or fridge.

Keep Recycling and Garbage Under Control

Rodents and insects love garbage. Oftentimes, they gravitate towards recyclables, especially empty food containers. In order to keep those pests at bay, always empty those garbage and recycling bins. It’s also a good idea to have your trash picked up weekly.

Put a Lid on It

Most pests will always be drawn to an open bin of garbage. If you have outdoor garbage or recycling bins, keep pests away by ensuring that your bins have a tight-fitting lid. Keep those pests at bay by always keeping the lid on the bin!

Prune Foliage Near the House

It’s true that food sources attract pests; however, so do plants. Look around your property for any shrub or tree that might touch any part of your house. If there are any, prune them. By leaving some space between your foliage and the house, you can prevent pests from using branches and leaves to find their way inside.

Eliminate Standing Water

Check for any puddles in your property, or anything that might collect water. These can serve as nests for insects. Topsoil can be used to fill concave areas that usually collect water. Adjust the sprinklers, too. This can keep the mosquitos and other pests at bay.

Good Property Maintenance

Lastly, an excellent way to keep your house pest-free is good old regular property maintenance. Make sure to keep your landlord in the loop of keeping gutters and window screens cleaned, as well as dealing with water leaks and whatnot. All of these small but essential steps will help keep a home free of pests.

Is your landlord ignoring basic property maintenance? Perhaps it’s time for a new property manager! Both tenants and owners alike know they can trust Real Property Management Bozeman for comprehensive property maintenance. Contact us online or call 406-586-2226 for more information.

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