Buzz Off: How to Pest-Proof your Home
Along with embracing the outdoors, bugs of all kinds may see this as an invite to your home. To help keep them out, here are some simple solutions to pest-proof your home.
Clean the house
This may seem obvious already, but a clean house can help prevent bugs from creeping in. Put away food in the kitchen, throw out any rotten fruits and vegetables, wipe away any crumbs or spills you see and do not leave the dishes soaking for a long period of time. These are just a few cleaning habits to not only keep your home tidy but also pest-proof.
Stagnant water also known as standing water is where water stops flowing. It can be caused naturally by the aftermath of a strong rainstorm or accidently if you leave any water toys outside or don’t empty a water bucket out. Mosquitoes in particular, breed within stagnant water. Mosquitoes have been known to carry diseases such as malaria, West Nile and Zika viruses. To help prevent an insect infestation, monitor any water buildup in your front and backyard.
Doors and windows
Inspect and repair any doors and windows with holes and rips in the screen. Pests can use that as an entrance point and fly into your home. They can also make their way inside through any gaps or cracks. Seal any openings you see with caulk.
Garbage and recycling
Be sure to thoroughly rinse any garbage or recycling containers. Pests can be attracted to lingering smells, leftover food and liquids. If it’s possible, have your garbage and recycling bins placed outside and slightly away from your home. Make sure the lids are tightly sealed to stop not only bugs, but rodents from entering.
Sink and floor drains are known to collect leftover foods and debris, which can lure pests in. If any drains are not in good working condition, they can become a breeding ground. Repair any leaking taps and make certain water drains away from your home.
Just as important as keeping your property pest-proof, it’s also essential to look after it with the proper insurance coverage. Desjardins has a variety of home insurance options to suit your unique needs. Get a quote or contact one of our licensed insurance advisors.