Rodents and Roaches: 5 Ways to Eliminate These Pests This Summer

Rodents and Roaches: 5 Ways to Eliminate These Pests This Summer
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    A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina performed a study, and they found that the average home has between 32 and 211 species of arthropods in it.

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Insects, spiders, centipedes and others belonging to between 24 and 128 families were found in many homes. Additionally, researchers have found mice or rodents in 29 percent of all homes. Here are five things that may help keep arthropods and other pests from trying to cohabitate with you.

Call a Professional Exterminator

You may need to work with a professional pest control exterminator if you have pests in your home. They can help kill the ones that are currently present.

These professionals can also make recommendations about where pests are getting into your home. Furthermore, they can make recommendations on how to repair the damage that pests have already done.

Limit Water

Pests are drawn to dirty environments. At the same time, many insects can lower their metabolism to the point that they can go a month or more without food. They can only live three days without water. Therefore, make sure that you do not leave any standing water around your home or its landscaping.

Clear around the Foundation

Take a good look at your home’s foundation. If there is any water standing take care of it immediately. Then, make sure that there is no trash or dead leaves around the foundation as pests can use these as breeding grounds. If you compost, do it away from your foundation.

Clean the Gutters

Gutters that are full of leaves and debris can also serve as a breeding ground for pests. The buildup can also cause puddles of water to stand in them further exacerbating the problem. Therefore, take a ladder and clean them out. Finally, make sure that rainwater is flowing away from your foundation.

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Take a close look around your home looking for any gaps. In particular, look closely at your windows and windowsills to make sure they are in good shape.

Look around any pipes entering your home to make sure the area around them fits tightly. Cover pipes coming through the roof with caps.

If you discover pests in your home, then you need to go on the offense. They multiply extremely quickly, so do not delay following these steps to keep them out of your home. With so many different pests that can attack your home, you need the help of a professional to guide your actions this summer.

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