Easiest Ways to Control Pests

by Moni Shah 01/13/2020

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Getting rid of a pest infestation in the home can be an expensive and stressful endeavor. Enjoy a comfortable, pest-free home with a few best practices.

Preventative Control

Every homeowner should invest in preventative pest control. Either hire a company to come and treat the inside and outside of your house on a monthly or quarterly basis or commit to treating the home yourself. You can find pest control solutions at your local hardware store. Do yourself a favor and pre-treat your home to gain an edge on those pesky little creatures.

Home Maintenance

Maintaining a few key areas of your home can lend a great hand in keeping out pests. It is important to check all the weather-stripping on your exterior doors. Some bugs can squeeze under the door even if you have pristine weather-stripping, so if yours is worn-down or flimsy bugs can easily gain access and take up residence. Screens are another home feature you need to keep in good shape. Even if an insect can squeeze into the flattest of areas, most that cause severe issues won’t be able to get through the grid.

Clean Living

It seems obvious to point out that simply being clean can help keep pests out of the home, but it’s true! It’s important to stay on top of daily home care, but there are also a few key areas to pay special attention to. In your kitchen, you want to maintain general cleanliness. You also want to make sure you don’t neglect your bottom cabinets, counter-top appliances and the space below and behind large appliances. It’s easy to miss a spill that goes underneath your refrigerator or stove, and that small spill can attract ants, roaches and more to your kitchen.
Bottom cabinets have a tendency to have cracks or gaps in the back that are an invitation for pests to make a home underneath. Of course, you want to seal up any gaps as well as you can, but you’ll also want to make sure things stay clean in those cabinets and check them periodically for evidence. Another pesky area where pests like to live is in the bottom of counter-top appliances. Make sure you clean underneath these every time you wipe down your counters and do the dishes.

Early Detection

You can take all the precautions, but everyone’s home is still vulnerable to pests. They’re oddly smart, small and persistent. So, on top of everything, you want to ensure you know how to check for pests so you can detect them early and start treatments immediately upon detection. Check your cabinets, behind appliances, bathroom corners and underneath furniture regularly.
About the Author
Author

Moni Shah

Moni has been in the field of Real Estate since 2001. She started with Property Management and went into Real Estate sales 2 years later.

Moni specializes in listing residential real estate and helping buyers find their ideal home in the Bay Area. When representing sellers, her expertise lies in helping sellers prepare their property for the market, determining an optimal list price and formulating a custom listing plan to maximize exposure to qualified buyers. 

When working with buyers, she makes sure that she educates and informs buyers about the market in which they want to purchase, so that they have all the information they need to make an informed buying decision. “I know Bay Area market, I have worked through the swings the real estate market has taken over the years and feel confident that I can steer my clients in the right direction.

Moni received her BS in Psychology and worked for a publishing house. She soon changed gears and started working for a Home Owners’ Association. Here she developed a deep interest in Real Estate and decided to pursue a career in Real Estate.

Moni has been a resident of the Bay Area since 1995, she lives in Fremont, with her husband, 3 kids and her beloved dog Charlie.