Pests are unwelcome in virtually every home and business. They are usually frightening at the least, but most will either cause damage to your home or business’s structure and/or property or be a health threat. In any case, when these invaders show up in your home or business, most wonder how they got inside in the first place. Today, we at Stewart Termite & Pest Control would like to share the common causes as to how you attained these pests.
Causes of Pest Outbreaks
1) Pests Wander In. In general, pests are opportunists and when they have the opportunity, they take it. Open doors and windows, vents, cracks, holes and gaps are all welcoming to a pest looking to escape extreme weather, predators, on the hunt for food and water, or simply in their path. A natural habitat for many pests is in the vegetation or in clutter. When the trees, bushes, and grass encroach on the home, they can easily wonder inside. Stacks of firewood tucked next to the home, landscape waste rotting next to the structure will invite annoying pests from wondering inside. To eliminate this method, store the firewood 20 feet or more from the home, manage the clutter and toss the trash. Be sure to keep the trees, bushes, and grass trimmed back away from the house.
2) Pests Brought Inside. There are many examples as to pests being brought in unknowingly by you or your pet. Bed bugs are a classic example as to bringing pests home with you. Roaches and other insects can be brought in through cardboard packages, ticks and fleas on the back of your pet and so on. To help reduce bringing in the hitch hikers, be sure to inspect you and your pet before coming inside, especially if it was after outdoor activities such as a hike. Look through your luggage after traveling and inspect any 2nd hand items you attained before bringing it inside.
3) Pests are Attracted to Food. Many pests will come inside due to desperation when food and/or water is scarce. Attracted to garbage and food left out, pests will be more than happy to eat the food left on dishes that are piled in the sink, crumbs left on the floor on the countertop, and any unsealed food. If food, water, and necessary climate conditions are met, they will likely stay in your home or business indefinitely. To avoid unwelcome roommates, be sure to practice tentative housekeeping, keep food, both pet food and your own, sealed in air-tight storage containers, and ensure the trash bins, both indoors and outdoors are washed out once a month with warm soapy water and have secure lids closed when not in use.
These are just prime examples of pest invasions. Where many of it can be stopped, there are a few unavoidable circumstances. With professional maintenance however, you can prevent infestations. Professionals are also readily available to eliminate any infestation you are currently dealing with. Call Stewart Termite & Pest Control today for all of your pest management needs.