We want our homes to be a place perfect for hosting guests and inviting friends. Yet, no matter how hard we strive, we may still attract mice and creepy crawlies like ants and roaches. It can be intrusive ridding our homes of them, but certain tactics may help you avoid an infestation.

Declutter

Regardless of which kinds of pests concern you, one of the best approaches to prevent them is to stay organized and clutter-free. Decluttering is a mindset, so make it a goal to spend a little time each day to put things back where they belong. This does not have to be tedious or eat into your day, though, as you could set up zones and baskets to store things temporarily or use filing cabinets for paper mounds. You may have belongings, such as old furniture and electronics, taking up space but no longer have a working purpose in your home. Thankfully, these can be disposed of through certified recycling companies or charity stores in most communities. In fact, some tech appliances may be eligible for a buy-back program from manufacturers or stores that could reward you with discounts. You don't have to purge your house wholesale, as small adjustments can have marked results.

Clean Reflexively

Unfortunately, without a cleaning system, keeping the home immaculate can quickly become overwhelming. However, by being proactive, you can simplify the process and secure your property from infestations. This is particularly useful when hosting, as you may experience a surge in spills and cleaning duties. The essence of reflexive cleaning is dealing with something as it happens or while doing other chores. If something falls, pick it up immediately, put away clothes after they have been taken off, or do dishes while preparing food. These steps build up, and by thinking ahead, you can ensure that your house is not a place where pests can thrive.

Don't Leave Things Out Overnight

Our kitchens are a focal point, and leaving half-eaten food out overnight is a recipe for an infestation. It may be easier to put off washing the dishes or putting out the trash until the next day, but these places can be full of temptations for pests! Food should be stored nightly, away in the fridge or pantry, in airtight containers to reduce the attraction. After all, even if food is left out in packaging, it's possible for rodents like mice to chew through it. By adopting this approach, you can protect your goods while ensuring unwanted creatures are unable to use their sense of smell.

Deal with Access

If you are planning to host, you should deal with outstanding repairs as a precaution. There’s no denying that things can get messy, but this does not have to be a problem if creatures cannot easily access your home. Survey your house for entry points, from hard-to-reach areas behind kitchen cabinets to closets and crawl spaces. Even if a gap seems minuscule, it won't be to pests. Rodents can squeeze through holes the size of a small coin! Fortunately, all you need to seal smaller openings is steel wool and caulk. Reinforced door sweeps are also an excellent investment, as pests can also squeeze through entrance ways.

Eliminate Moisture

Rodents and insects thrive on damp and moisture, and this can create a persistent cycle of infestations. Some of the causes may be obscure, such as degraded caulking or leaking pipes, but you can make your home unwelcome to pests simply by using dehumidifiers through your property. Don't overlook other areas of your home, as clogged gutters could draw in roaches while a humid crawl space can also be compromised by pests. By depriving creatures of water supplies and reducing moisture, you can help prevent them from appearing.

There is nothing worse than pests, as they can leave us fretting about hygiene — especially when we invite people over. However, by taking appropriate measures, decluttering, and using a proper cleaning system, they can be stopped from invading in the first place. With just a few steps, you can protect your home and keep it clean.

Author's Bio: Alice Robertson began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created tidyhome.info as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years. Image courtesy of Pixabay.

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