Mother nature is a wonderfully intricate web of complex systems and beautiful creatures, but any uncontrolled plant and animal life can not only be stress-inducing but can be potentially hazardous to your family’s health and safety. From insects to rodents, these unwelcome guests are horribly inconvenient and a major source of anxiety for new or long-term homeowners.

If you notice an infestation brewing, it’s important that you act as quickly as possible. Procrastination is not your friend when it comes to rapidly-multiplying and diseasing-carrying pests.

For guaranteed results, follow these seven tips, and your unwanted house guests should be gone in no time!

Schedule regular pest control

To ensure your home stays pest-free, you should maintain a regular pest-control schedule. This process is simple and easy if you use a trusted professional, such as Moxie Pest Control.

Professionals have access to bug-repellent and top-of-the-line equipment that isn’t available for consumer purchase. This equipment requires extensive training to use and is the most effective way to protect your home from pesky home invaders.

Properly seal pantry items

Occasionally, certain pests will slip through the cracks. This typically occurs in-between treatments. To reduce the likelihood of this occurring, make sure all food items are properly sealed, using clips or appropriate food storage.

Any open box or bag of food should be transferred into a sealed plastic or glass container. Sugary items attract pests the most. However, there are plenty of bugs that are enticed by the smell of rice and pasta, too.

Clean up crumbs and spills immediately

Most bugs and rodents have an extremely heightened sense of smell. This means that even the tiniest crumb or spill can prompt a pest to investigate your home as a potential source of food.

Cleaning up all spills and messes, as soon as they happen, is the best way to keep pests out of your territory. Disinfecting and sanitizing common living spaces is also an excellent preventative measure. Use a disinfectant on countertops and other hard surfaces to remove any leftover food remnants or drippings.

Pay special attention to crevices in your carpet that could be trapping (and hiding) food particles. Vacuum baseboards regularly, and clean behind appliances. Leftover food on dishes can also attract pests, so it’s important to rinse your dishes, as soon as you’re finished with them.

Keep your garbage in a closed container

Oftentimes, insects and rodents actually find the smell of rotten food more appealing than fresh food. If you find that you’re still having bug problems after following the first three steps, your trashcan may be the culprit.

Open trash cans not only allow smells to leak out, but it also creates an easy path for pests to access your discarded food. To solve this problem, invest in a sealed trash can with a lid.

For extra protection, you can also use scented trash bags formulated to repel bugs and insects.

Eliminate spider webs with routine dusting

Not all pests enter your home in search of food. Many spiders and insects use your house for shelter. This typically occurs in the warmest and coldest months of the year. If you notice spiders inside your home, they’ve probably set up a nest nearby.

To combat your spider problem, focus on making it difficult for them to expand their base. By dusting the inside and outside of your home weekly, you should be able to remove any starter insect homes—before they spin out of control.

Seal entries into your home to keep the pests outside

Sometimes, pests will attempt to enter your home, even if there isn’t a clear objective. In this case, it’s a good idea to reduce the number of entry points around your home—even when performing other pest-free rituals.

Doors and windows are the most susceptible to pests because they have microscopic cracks that are undetectable to the human eye. You can use weatherstripping to seal these areas. You might also want to proactively fill any cracks or holes that could lead outdoors. In the battle against household pests, you can never be too safe.

Use traps and bait for maintenance in-between pest control visits

More often than not, a home facing a pest problem has been under-attack long before anyone physically spots an invader. Pests are tricky creatures, and they love to hide. To keep a potential infestation from getting out-of-hand, strategically place bait, and traps around your home.

There are a variety of traps available on the market. Sticky pads are generally effective but can be inconvenient. If sticky pads aren’t best suited to your home’s needs, you can invest in ultrasonic or light-based traps. They’re more expensive but more suitable for everyday use

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re employing these methods in between treatment appointments or relying on this list for routine maintenance, understanding your pests and their infiltration strategies is an important step in your pest-fighting plan-of-attack. Remember, there may be some household infestations you can’t handle on your own. In times of unruly invaders, depend on a team of experts.