If you live in an area where pests are common, you may feel like you have to dedicate a lot of time and effort to pest control. You may have one list of things to do to keep cockroaches away, a whole other list of tasks for ant control, and still other steps for earwigs and silverfish. The thing is, you don't have to take this individualized approach. There are a lot of things you can do to keep multiple pests away. Take a look.
Keep your basement dry
Wet basements are a favorite hangout of many pests, from ants to silverfish. If your basement is dry, then you will have far fewer issues with pests of all types. Some good ways to keep your basement dry include installing a dehumidifier, putting out silicone desiccant products, and filling any cracks or crevices in the foundation. If you have any plumbing leaks, have a plumber come fix them. Check your basement's moisture levels on a regular basis. If you notice signs of high humidity, such as mold growth or musty odors, then take action to dry the space out before pests move in.
Trim the weeds and bushes around your foundation
In nature, lots of bugs and pests like to live in dense foliage. If you have dense foliage near the foundation of your home, then it's safe to say that bugs will move into that foliage. Then, they can easily make their way into the home itself through the smallest of cracks or crevices. Even foundations that are in overall good shape tend to have a few holes that bugs can fit through. So, if you can keep the foliage around your home tidy and trimmed back, you'll see fewer pests inside.
Seal up your food
In even the cleanest and tidiest of homes, there tends to be food that pests can get ahold of if they try. You may have some boxes of pasta that are opened. There may be some ripe fruit in a basket on the counter. Once pests find a good food source like this, they'll often move in and be hard to eradicate. Try to seal away as much food as possible. Keep things in glass jars, plastic containers, and so forth.
Keep multiple pests away by following the tips above. After all, while some pests are worse than others, you don't want any pests in your living space.
For more information, contact a pest control service near you.