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8 Easy Ways to Prevent Pests

A Common Mouse on the Kitchen FloorYou certainly don’t want pests at your Richardson rental home. However, insects, rodents, and other pests may still invade your property. Good thing is, there are multiple answers that lead to keeping your home pest-free. With a few tips on controlling pests, you can make sure that no critters make a home in yours.

Clean Up

A pest infestation is less likely to happen if you have a clean home. There are pests that 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 can very well be the main source of the most common household pests. Eating food anywhere in your home could lead to attracting rodents and insects. The best practice would be to keep all of the eating inside the kitchen and to wash the dishes immediately after using.

Store Food Properly

Keeping food in the kitchen also implies storing it in air-tight, sealed containers. You will find that pests are easily attracted to open food packages. Pet food can have the same effect, 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. To ensure no pests are making their way to you, it’s a good idea to empty out those garbage and recycling bins, too. One way to go about this is to have your trash picked up weekly.

Put a Lid on It

An open can of garbage is a direct invite for pests to come and explore. If you have outdoor garbage or recycling bins, keep pests away by ensuring that your bins have a tight-fitting lid. When you keep the lid on, you’re making sure that those pests don’t come wandering around your area and making a big mess.

Prune Foliage Near the House

It’s not just food sources that you have to keep an eye on; plants can also attract pests! Any tree or shrubs that are touching your house should be pruned. By leaving some space between your foliage and the house, you can prevent pests from using branches and leaves to find their way inside.

Eliminate Standing Water

Be wary of any puddles, or areas or containers that might collect water — these can be potential breeding grounds for insects, so they need to be dried out. Puddles can be filled with topsoil, and you can adjust sprinklers so that they don’t create other puddles in other areas. This helps keep those mosquitos and pests away.

Good Property Maintenance

To tie everything up, regular property maintenance is the final piece to keeping your home pest-free. The landlord should be regularly updated with the status of gutters, window screens, and even water pipes in the case of leaks. Simple, but important details to remember when the goal is to keep your home 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 Legend for comprehensive property maintenance. Contact us online or call 214-227-2404 for more information.

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