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While most of us look forward to summer, so do pests. Pests come out of hiding during the summer and they can easily invade your home if it is not properly protected. Pests are not only annoying, but they can be a health hazard and destroy the structure of your home. The feces from mice is loaded with dangerous bacteria that can contaminate any surface and lead to food poisoning. Termites can leave a path of destruction by feeding on the structure of your home. They cause an estimated five billion dollars in property damage every year. This article will discuss ways to protect your home from these pests.

Inspect Roof Edges, Windows, and Door Frames

All pests have distinct patterns and leave behind a trail of evidence. They also need a source of food, shelter, and water. By focusing on eliminating at least one of these things, you can help to eliminate pests from your home. More importantly, you need to identify and close off openings where pests can get in. If they can’t get in, then you don’t have to worry about any other control measures. For example, bats love to nest in attics. Even if you never see or hear them, their droppings can produce toxic fungal spores that can threaten your health.

Eliminate Clutter

Clutter gives pets the cover of darkness and makes it hard for you to discover them. Boxes and other items that are rarely moved can allow pests to grow and wreak havoc. In most cases by the time you discover them, the damage has been done. Items like clothing or furniture that are made of natural fibers or wool attract clothing moths, carpet beetles, and dermestid beetles. Outdoor clutter should be reduced as well. If you can’t eliminate or reduce your clutter, it should be moved around and inspected regularly.

Clean Often

A clean home gives pests fewer places to hide. Pests are not attracted to clean locations. Your furniture and carpet should be cleaned and vacuumed regularly, especially if you have pets. This can prevent fleas, ticks, and other pests that may attract to your pet from infesting your home. Areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms should be cleaned daily.

Keep Cans Closed and Away

Your outside garbage cans are prone to attracting pests and rodents. Keeping it tightly closed can prevent most pests that are looking for food from getting inside. Also, keep the garbage can as far as possible from your home.

Pests are a major threat to your home, especially during the summer. You should follow the tips above to help protect your home from pests. This can prevent potential health problems and damage to your home. It is important to focus on measures to keep pests from entering your home.