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8 Easy Ways to Prevent Pests

A Common Mouse on the Kitchen FloorThe last thing your Charleston rental home needs are pests. Nonetheless, there might be a few insects, rodents, and other pests that get will past your defenses. Luckily, there are ways to keeping your home pest-free. Pay attention to some pest control tips and you’ll surely make your home safe and free from critters.

Clean Up

Making sure that your home is clean is to ensure that there is little to no chance of a pest infestation. There are a lot of pests that are attracted to food, dirt, clutter, and crumbs. Make it a point to keep clutter to a minimum and wash your dishes every day. It’s also important to vacuum and sweep your floors and wipe up any spills immediately to keep pests away.

Keep Food in the Kitchen

If you’re looking for a source of common household pests, food is a great place to start. Eating food anywhere in your home could lead to attracting rodents and insects. It’s a good idea to keep the eating inside the kitchen and to immediately wash the dishes.

Store Food Properly

Keeping food in the kitchen also means storing it in air-tight, sealed containers. Household pests will almost always go for open food packages, too. Not to mention pet food, too! To keep pests out, be sure to use sealable bags or plastic storage containers for all food, whether in the pantry, cupboard, or fridge.

Keep Recycling and Garbage Under Control

Rodents and insects love garbage. More often than not, they also thrive in recyclables — especially empty food containers. Keep those pests far from your property by consistently cleaning out those garbage and recycling bins. Getting your trash picked up weekly is also a great idea.

Put a Lid on It

An open can of garbage is an invitation for pests. If you have outdoor garbage or recycling bins, keep pests away by ensuring that your bins have a tight-fitting lid. By keeping the lid on, you are avoiding the likelihood of inviting those pests!

Prune Foliage Near the House

It’s not just food sources that you have to keep an eye on; plants can also attract pests! Look out for any tree or shrub that is in contact with any side of your house. If there are any, prune them. By leaving some space between your foliage and the house, you can prevent pests from using branches and leaves to find their way inside.

Eliminate Standing Water

Check for any puddles in your property, or anything that might collect water. These can serve as nests for insects. Topsoil can be used to fill concave areas that usually collect water. Adjust the sprinklers, too. This helps keep those mosquitos and pests away.

Good Property Maintenance

And, one last thing to tie it all together is to perform regular property maintenance in order to keep your house pest-free. The landlord should be regularly updated with the status of gutters, window screens, and even water pipes in the case of leaks. Small as this may seem, they all add up to keeping a pest-free home.

Is your landlord ignoring basic property maintenance? Perhaps it’s time for a new property manager! Both tenants and owners alike know they can trust Real Property Management Charleston for comprehensive property maintenance. Contact us online or call 843-900-4061 for more information.

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