Understanding Garden Pest Control

I still remember when I planted my first garden. I was so excited to get started that I completely overlooked the massive pest problem brewing in my yard. Unfortunately, as soon as I planted my crops, I was confronted with the harsh realities of pests munching through all of my veggies. It was devastating, but I knew that I needed to make things right. I decided to contact a professional exterminator to see if he could help. He came out, checked out the pests that were plaguing the area, and treated the earth with the right pesticides. I made this website to help you to understand garden pest control, so that you can reap your harvest.

How To Prevent Rodent Infestations

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Rats, mice and other types of rodents are one of the most likely types of pests that can take up residence in your home. They can cause all sorts of structural damage to your furniture and drywall, can chew through your electrical wiring, can get into your food and can carry a number of diseases and other pests with them. In order to prevent the headaches associated with repairing the damage that rodents can cause, as well as the struggle of removing them in the first place, there are a few different things that can be done to rodent-proof your home.

Clean Your Kitchen

The most important thing that you can do to discourage all pests, not just rodents, from entering your home is to remove all potential food sources. This means storing your leftovers in locked containers, even if outside of the fridge, as well as making an effort to clean away waste that may contain food scraps. This means that you should always clean your dishes rapidly, and take out the trash on a regular basis.

Store Pet Food

In a related vein, make sure that you keep all of your pet food locked away as well. Leaving bowls out overnight, even if they are empty but are not clean and still have residue or crumbs on them, can attract rodents and provide them with a necessary food source.

Trim the Plants

Another way to reduce the likelihood of rodents entering your home is to trim back the plant growth around the sides of your home. This is because heavy plant growth can provide the space and cover necessary for rodents to construct their nests in – increasing the amount of time that they spend near your home and the chances that they will be able to find a way to sneak inside.

Home Repairs

The last thing that you should consider to rodent and pest-proof your home is the repair and maintenance of your external surfaces. Making sure that all the screens on your windows and doors are in good condition, caulking the seal around your windows and doors, patching cracks in your foundation or exterior walls, inspecting your siding for signs of physical damage, installing and engaging a flue in your chimney, and making sure that the weatherstripping on your garage door, your windows, and exterior doors are in good condition and do not have any gaps in them are all effective ways of blocking potential passageways for rodents.

Contact a service, like Falcon Pest Management, for further assistance.

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27 March 2019