5 Tips to Keep Bugs, Insects, and Mice Out of Your Home

Have you ever been awakened by a strange creeping sound from your hallway thinking it was a burglar, then waking up the next day to find out it was just a pesky rodent trying to ruin your peaceful sleep? We hope this never happens to you, so we're giving you 5 tips to keep those bugs, insects and mice out of your lovely homes.

1. Inspect doors and windows for any cracks or gaps.

Because pests can wiggle through tiny cracks and gaps, inspect and repair any warped or broken doors and windows, and those that simply don't fit well. Repair rips or tears in screens. Use screen meshes with a size of at least 200 holes per square inch; these are generally available at home stores.

2. Keep your yard clean.

Keep yards, patios, decks, and garages free of litter, weeds, and standing water. Ensure trash cans have tight-fitting lids and clean the cans and area regularly to remove debris and spills, on which pests can feed.

3. Adjust your lights.

To reduce flying insects around doors and windows, replace standard mercury vapor lights with high-pressure sodium vapor or halogen lights. Bulbs that have pink, yellow or orange tints will be least attractive to the flying insects. Although it is common to place lights on exterior walls near doors, it is better to place the light farther away, using pole lights when possible, with the light shining toward the door for safety.

4. Keep your sink free from gunk.

Sink and floor drains often accumulate gunk and debris which can attract pests and provide an ideal breeding site, especially for small flies. Inspect and maintain all sink, tub, basement and laundry room floor drains.

5. Store recyclables outside or in your garage.

It is preferable to store recyclables outside and away from your home. If this is not possible, ensure that all containers are thoroughly rinsed and that the recycling bin has a tight-fitting lid. All recycling and trash containers should also be rodent proof and cleaned frequently.

To better keep those pesky insects and rodents away from your homes, we recommend that you get this Ultimate Pest Repellent. Follow this link to find out how easy it is to keep pests away with this nifty device.

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