Pest control can be a costly endeavor. Once pests make your home their home, it can take a great deal of effort and money to get rid of them. But as they say, and ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can save money and keep your home free of pests if you take some preventative measures.

Here's a few tips to help you repel pests and save money on pest control. The goals are to reduce the amount of pests that can feed and breed inside your home, and eliminating conditions in your home that invite them in the first place.

Plants and Mulch

Don't let pests build a bridge to your home. Keep the shrubs and branches trimmed back from the house. Try not to lay wood mulch and pine straw near the foundation as this also makes a great home for pests. Use rock or stone, which is less attractive to pests.

Doors and Windows

Cracked or warped doors and windows are vulnerable to pests. Inspect doors and window and repair anything that is warped or broken, along with fixing ripped screens. Use a screen mesh sizes of at least 200 holes per inch to keep out pests.

Cracks and Gaps

Check the foundation and other areas of the house for gaps and cracks. Check the foundation, loose siding, missing roof shingles and anywhere pests can enter. Seal and openings with copper mesh, coarse steel wool, sheet metal or mortar. Try not to use caulk, as many pests can chew through it.

Trash and Litter

Pests love trash. If your trash isn't sealed, it can be a perfect breeding ground for insects and mice. Also keep the area around trash cans clear of debris. Make sure to keep your yard and outside areas free of litter, weeds, and standing water.

Drains

Gunk and debris can accumulate in drains and make a great place pests, especially small flies, to breed. Inspect all of your drains to make sure they're clear.

Stored Foods

Make sure to seal opened food. If you can't completely close a food container or bag, such as bread, put it in a resealable bag. Dispose of old or out of date food, and make sure to use older food first. This will reduce the chance of attracting pantry pests.

Cleanliness

Keeping your home clean is not only better for your health in general, it will also reduce the attraction for pests.

It may not be possible to make a home 100% pest proof, but if you follow these tips, you can reduce the chances of having to eliminate pest problems in the future.

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