If you spend more time indoors you’ll surely want your home to be comfortable with an environment that is safe for not just you but your family as well. But may be your family and you aren’t the only one within. With change in weather insects can look for good places to hibernate and your home may be the perfect spot for them. Do you have an insect-friendly habitat at home? With a careful inspection of your home you can look for places and even ways in which pests could be hiding or entering your home. Read further to discover those 7 easy steps in which you can make your home bug-free conveniently.

1. Ensuring seasonal checks: Rodents always look for shelter during the cold winter months. We’ll advise you to check every corner of your home especially during the colder seasons. Since pests are really tiny, even small cracks and crevices are enough for them to invade your home. But you should also look for any holes in the roof to prevent squirrels and rats from entering in.

2. Eliminate debris or piles of wood: Debris or wood piles can be the most common places for pests to hide. Small insects and animals prefer sheltering themselves in dark and damp areas. The most harmful species of spider particularly prefer residing under in wood and under rocks in your yard. So make sure you don’t allow soil or mulch to build up anywhere in your home. And always store firewood away from your home. On the off chance you do need to store firewood or wood piles, keep them indoors and cover them firmly with plastic.

3. Being cautious with vegetation: If you love gardening you should be aware of common garden pests that are likely to be tempted by vegetation. Make certain the tree limbs and branches in your garden are properly trimmed. Trees can be excellent ways for squirrels and raccoons to make way into your attic. You can hire a good tree service company to check if your trees have any overhanging limbs for removal.

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4. Cover openings or holes in doors and windows: Doors and windows have areas around them which can give pests easy access to your home. Getting these covered the right way would mean removing one of the major ways in which they can enter your abode. You can have them properly sealed and caulked. You’ll be amused to know but this way you can even make your home more energy efficient.

5. Keep garbage containers outdoors and indoors properly sealed: It would be needless to tell you that waste management and pest control go hand in hand largely. You’ll see a greater risk of contamination and pest infestation if you don’t keep garbage containers in the right way especially if these are within your home. Being careless with these can be really dangerous for you and your family. So protect your trash from hungry pests by keeping it sealed and also make certain you dispose it properly.

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6. Keep your kitchen clean: Since the kitchen is the heart of your home you’ll obviously make every effort to keep it clean. But just in case you don’t get much time to maintain it, make sure you have no food on the kitchen surface. Don’t leave dirty dishes overnight, make a habit to clean them as and when you’re done using them. Keep any food crumbs off your floor. Pests consider your kitchen to be a buffet. If you’re too careless in maintaining it, they can access it easily.

7. Plan to carry out regular inspections: You’ll be really lucky if your home is bug-free. But since bugs can attack your home any time and any day of the year irrespective of the weather, we’ll advise you to schedule regular inspections. For excellent pest management you can seek insect control services to ensure the extermination is done the right way.