Urban areas have lots of pests. As a homeowner in the Los Angeles area, you will encounter everything from black widows in your crawl space to pantry moths in your kitchen. You may also encounter rats, mice, termites, cockroaches, and ants. Protect your property from pests with these simple suggestions. These help keep away insects as well as rodents.
Seal Your Home
Roaches and other small insects find their way into your house through cracks and crevices. Sealing cracks with caulk prevents this from happening. Use weatherstripping to close gaps under doors and windows. Do this in late fall, before winter comes. This way, when rodents look a warm place to stay, they will be less likely to get into your home.
Minimize Odors From Trash
Odor from trash bags can attract bugs and vermin to your property. Storing trash somewhere away from your house can prevent pests from finding their way into your home. Use odor-blocking trash bags and sealed trash containers inside your house. Empty out your food garbage every night before going to bed.
Keep the outdoor trash cans away from the exterior wall of your house. Clean your garbage cans periodically to get rid of odors that may attract bugs.
Eliminate Debris Piles Quickly
Home improvement projects and yard work can produce debris like carpet squares and grass. Leaving this debris sitting in your yard for any period of time may bring bugs to your property and even into your house. Clean up leftover debris and arrange for debris disposal as needed.
Keep Foods Tightly Sealed
Improperly sealed food will attract everything from mice to pantry moths. Store dry foods like cereal and grains in hard plastic or glass jars. If you do not have individual jars where you can store your dry foods, store your dry food boxes in large plastic tubs.
Cover Holes with Hardware Cloth or Screen
Often, homes have vents and pipes that enable airflow. Sometimes vents and pipes create a natural entrance for rodents and insects, especially if these openings do not have proper protection.
Hardware cloth is a tough wire mesh that mice and rats cannot penetrate. Cut out hardware cloth in the proper shape to cover all vents and openings in the walls of your home, and then use the hardware cloth to cover those openings and keep out vermin.
Landscaping makes an excellent hiding place for rodents like mice and rats. Some overgrown trees can even create a walkway that rodents may use to access your attic.
Trim landscaping properly throughout the year to prevent it from becoming a home for unwanted animals. When planting new landscaping, select slow-growing shrubs because slow-growing plants are easier to trim.
Store Firewood Away From the House
Firewood attracts termites. The older and softer the wood, the more attractive it becomes to termites. Storing wood against your house may draw termites to your walls and into your home. Store firewood against a wall far away from your home. If possible, keep the firewood up and off the ground to make the wood less of a target for wood-eating pests.
Adopt a Cat
Cats are lethal to mice. Even cats that do not spend much time hunting mice still have a smell that naturally deters mice. If your home smells like a cat, mice may prefer to nest elsewhere.
Not a cat lover? Some dogs are also natural born mouse-killers, and those that are not can often be trained.
Clean Up Pet Food Quickly
Pet food often contains meat by-products that can attract cockroaches, mice, and other animals. Leaving pet food out indefinitely after your pet eats will attract animals to your property. Clean up pet food as soon as your pet finishes eating. Keep track of how much your pet eats, and only feed your pet as much as it will eat in one sitting.
Use a Pet Moat Dish
Even if you clean up pet food quickly, some insects may still be attracted to your pet's food dish. To prevent ants and cockroaches from accessing your pet's food, buy a moat dish. A moat dish has a space for a moat surrounding the area where food is. Keep the moat filled with slightly soapy water, and any insect that tries to gain access to the food dish will likely drown.
Work With a Pest Control Company
Working with a pest control company is an excellent way to keep your home free of pests. Have a pest control company come to your house regularly and treat for insects and rodents as needed.
For more information about how you can keep your home free of pests, contact Greenleaf Organic Pest Management, Inc. We will be happy to answer your questions.