Ever wonder what you might be able to do to get rid of bugs inside your home? Us too! That’s why we sat down with members of our office staff to find out just what can be done. Below you’ll find the favorite pest control tips Florida from a number of Greenies, but if you’re ever looking for more, we’re just a call away.
Walk around your home multiple times per year to scan for potential pest entry points. Keep an eye out for damage such as cracks and holes, but pay extra attention to windows, doors, pipes, vents, and the seals that surround them. If you do spot any leaks or entry points, make a plan to close them off. You may need to install a bit of expanding foam or secure a mesh depending on the type of access.
Build a habit of taking the trash out at regular times, and ensure that your trash can has a lid. Each home operates differently, so figure out what times work most reliably for you, and stick to them. Food debris attracts pests, especially when stinky. By consistently removing trash before it gets close to that point, you can dramatically reduce pest woes. Bonus points if you clean up around pet bowls and eating areas at the same time.
Pests can’t get inside without first finding an opening. While we may not be able to completely seal our homes against everything Florida has to offer, a window or door left open for extended periods of time undoes a lot of what makes pest control effective. If you still prefer the occasional breeze, that’s ok. We just recommend that you use a type of netting or mesh to prevent unwanted invaders. It’s also important to cut down on how much light comes from your home at night. Greenhouse recommends using minimal exterior lighting and even keeping blinds closed at night to prevent light from getting out. These light sources develop little ecosystems, attracting flying insects and the spiders that eat them right to your home.
Put away used food and dishes ASAP. Don’t forget to wipe counters, spills, and splashes too. It may not be what we all want to hear, but it’s the truth. Cleanliness and sanitation go a long way toward making sure your regular Greenhouse pest treatments are as effective as possible. A sink full of dirty dishes is a playground for pests, providing everything they seek from food, to water, to shelter, and even a likely place to encounter potential mates. If you love to cook, clean as you go, but make sure nothing sits out overnight.
Can you see light coming in underneath doors that open to the outside? If the answer is yes, finding bugs inside is an inevitability. In order to mitigate this, make sure that your door has a properly installed weather seal, and don’t forget to replace it when it wears out.
As much as we may love what they add to a neighborhood, stray cats can contribute to severe pest problems. It’s not uncommon for us to find that homeowners experiencing terrible flea issues have developed a habit of either feeding nearby stray cats or allowing their own cats access to the outside. Instead of feeding stray cats, we recommend donating or volunteering with your local animal shelter or animal rights organization.
Be sure to treat your animals against pests. It’s one of the most important, yet easily overlooked, ways to keep bugs out. We recommend both closely following a treatment calendar AND alternating brands to keep the bugs on their toes. Your pet will thank you.
Make a plan to regularly clean up after your pets when they go to the bathroom in your yard. We recommend doing so at least once per week. Otherwise, pet waste attracts a wide variety of pests that can begin taking over your yard. When your pet returns to relieve themself again, these bugs will hitch a ride right on back inside.
One of the things I love to share is that fleas can really only survive in shaded areas. Direct sunlight is kryptonite for fleas. Any time I see a lawn heavily shaded by plant overgrowth or yard debris, I immediately think “FLEAS”. If this is something you can relate to, I recommend dedicating a weekend to rolling up your sleeves and trimming down to allow the light in. Even better if you can coordinate with your neighbors to resolve this problem on all adjacent properties.
We are just a call away if you have any further questions or need more pest control tips Florida.