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Prevent Pest Problems In Your Columbia Home

When pests try to make your home their own, it can be (depending on the types of pests invading) annoying but also detrimental to the health and safety of your family and your home.  Evicting common household pests is no small task and one that should be left to Columbia pest control professionals. Though it may not seem like a big deal, having the occasional pest(s) enter your home could leave you with a much larger problem then you first suspected.  In fact, left un-treated ants, spiders, mice and other pests are likely to increase in number and cause you a pretty big headache.  Now, if you don’t currently have any pests walking in invited, find out how you can keep it that way.  American Pest is here to help home and property owners by offering some insight on pest prevention. 

What Attracts Pests To Your Columbia Home?

Some Howard County homes are probably more attractive to pests than others, homes that have food and water sources along with providing safe shelter are just what insects and rodents are looking for.  By eliminating the conditions that attract them in the first place, in many cases you can actually prevent pest problems from occurring.  Implementing exclusion techniques that remove their access to food, water and shelter is the ideal way to keep pests out.  Continue reading to learn more about how to discourage Maryland insects and rodents and for pest prevention tips from the Columbia pest control pros!

First, Eliminate Their Access To Food

Homeowners often unknowingly attract pests to their home with access to easy food sources.  In order to prevent pests from seeing your home as food source some precautions and preventions need to be taken.

  • Dishes should not be left in your sink for long periods of time and especially not overnight.

  • Garbage should be taken out regularly and stored in secured containers away from your house until garbage pick-up day. 

  • Spills should be cleaned up immediately

  • Frequently sweep and/or vacuum underneath the refrigerator, stove and other appliances to eliminate food debris.

  • Remove grease build up between the stove and counter as well as on or around other appliances.

  • Food such as produce should not be kept on your kitchen counters, but instead stored in your refrigerator, and dry goods that are sold in bags and boxes should be transferred to sealed containers so that pests can’t feed on these foodstuffs.

  • If pets are fed outside, the food should be picked up after they have eaten so that it does not attract unwanted visitors to your home.

Secondly, Turn Off The Water Supply

Okay, seriously we don’t mean shut your home’s water off but instead make sure that any water source that would attract pests are eliminated.  Having a reliable water source is essential to any living creatures’ survival; making sure that water is not available for pests looking to live in your home is essential to excluding them.  Leaky pipes in basements should be fixed along with any gaps around basement doors or windows that can let moisture in.  High moisture areas like bathrooms and basements should have de-humidifiers run in them to reduce the moisture in the air or have proper fans and ventilation installed.

Don’t Forget To Eliminate Nesting Areas

Many pests like mice and insects enter homes to find a warm safe place to stay and nest in.  Making it so that pests can’t enter your home is the best exclusion technique that you can implement.  A lot of pests enter through cracks and crevices in your foundation, so sealing them will prevent nuisance (examples: lady bugs and stink bugs) and damaging (think mice, termites and carpenter ants) pests from getting inside.  Gaps around windows and doors should also be caulked and screens should be completely intact.  Trees and bushes should be trimmed away from you home so that their branches cannot be used as a bridge.  Chimneys and vents on your roofs should have properly fitted covers on them to prevent pests from entering your home through them.  If pests do make it into your Columbia home making sure that clutter is kept to a minimum can help to discover their presence sooner and make it so they do not have a lot of choices for hiding and nesting areas.

How Our Pest Control In Columbia Can Help

If you are already in need of pest control in Columbia and Howard County, please contact American Pest for an effective solution to your pest problem.

Our trained technicians will be happy to provide you with pest prevention tips and help implement exclusion practices around your home.  In addition to offering Columbia pest control for general pests, we also offer effective termite control in Columbia as well as bed bug services that include K9 bed bug inspections and bed bug heat treatments among other residential services.  American Pest is located in Fulton, Maryland and is a locally owned and operated pest control company that has been serving Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia since 1925.   Give us a call to request more information about how we can help you get rid of ants, termites and other pests that are causing problems in your home!