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8 Easy Ways to Prevent Pests

A Common Mouse on the Kitchen FloorPests are not something you want at your Burlingame rental home. Yet, some insects, rodents, and other pests could still find a way into your home. Thankfully, there are methods for keeping your home pest-free. With a few pest control steps, you can make sure that your home is rid of any critters.

Clean Up

A clean home is the first step to avoiding pest infestations. Remember that many kinds of pests are attracted to food, dirt, clutter, and crumbs. Make it a point to keep clutter to a minimum and wash your dishes every day. It’s also important to vacuum and sweep your floors and wipe up any spills immediately to keep pests away.

Keep Food in the Kitchen

Food is a very common source of common household pests. If food is found in different parts of your home, you can expect rodents and insects to move in. If you can help it, keep all of the eating and food inside the kitchen, and wash those dishes right after.

Store Food Properly

Keeping food in the kitchen also includes storing it in air-tight, sealed containers. When you have open food packages, you’re calling for household pests. The same could be said for pet food, as well. To keep pests out, be sure to use sealable bags or plastic storage containers for all food, whether in the pantry, cupboard, or fridge.

Keep Recycling and Garbage Under Control

Rodents and insects love garbage. Recyclables, especially empty food containers, attract a lot of these pests. In order to keep those pests at bay, always empty those garbage and recycling bins. You can do this by having your trash picked up weekly.

Put a Lid on It

It’s not a surprise to find pests swarming an open can of garbage. If you have outdoor garbage or recycling bins, keep pests away by ensuring that your bins have a tight-fitting lid. Keeping the lid on at all times means keeping those pesky pests away!

Prune Foliage Near the House

While food sources can attract pests, there are other things that can do that, too — plants, for example. Any tree or shrubs that are touching your house should be pruned. This is to leave some space between your foliage and the house so that you can prevent pests from using branches and leaves to find their way inside.

Eliminate Standing Water

If you happen to find any puddles of water in your property, or any containers that might store water, it would be a good idea to empty them out. Sprinklers can be adjusted so that concave areas don’t collect water. Other areas can be filled with topsoil. This can keep the mosquitos and other pests at bay.

Good Property Maintenance

In conclusion, keeping your home pest-free is not as difficult as it sounds — and it all starts with regular property maintenance. If you haven’t already, update your landlord of the condition of gutters, window screens, and maybe even water leaks so that they can be cleaned and dealt with promptly. Addressing these issues is vital to maintaining a home that is free of pests.

Is your landlord ignoring basic property maintenance? Perhaps it’s time for a new property manager! Both tenants and owners alike know they can trust Real Property Management Mid Peninsula for comprehensive property maintenance. Contact us online or call 650-696-1800 for more information.

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