While we usually associate summer with some exciting things, long break, and a lot of fun going to the beach, it’s the same time when pests begin lurking and finding their way inside your home. So, while you’re out and taking a vacation, many types of pests like roaches, ants, flies, rats, wasps, and even rodents become very aggressive in terms of finding shelter, most preferably cool areas to protect themselves from the scorching heat of the sun and unwelcoming temperature outside. If you don’t do something about your home to protect it from an impending pest invasion before you take that much-deserved vacation, you might come home surprised to a mess.
Obviously, you can’t just call in a pest exterminator to babysit your home because that’s not what they do. Pest control is in some part a homeowner’s responsibility. If you want to make sure you’re leaving your home safe and protected from pests, keep these things in mind:
- Be particularly sure that before you go out of town for several days, the kitchen counters must be squeaky clean. This means that any leftover food, dirty dishes, and anything organic must be totally gone. Store food in sealed containers and place those containers in the kitchen cabinet or the fridge so that pests like ants, roaches, and rats can’t get to them.
- Double check your weather-stripping around the windows and see if there are any of them that needs replacing. Keep in mind that even the smallest gaps and holes can become easy and convenient access to small pests. If they see those gaps, they’ll find your home as an ideal place to breed and live, especially if you’re not present for at least a couple of days.
- If you’re going out of town, be sure any existing standing water in and around your home are removed. Stagnant water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes and when you leave them unattended, you’d be surprised to see your home infested with so many mosquitoes.
- Check your garage, basement, and other areas that could become ideal hiding places for pests that love dark and damp places. Obviously, you don’t want to go home after a well-spent summer break with roaches, frogs, and even centipedes in your basement and garage.
Finally, if you see your home having been infested by pests once you get home, you must immediately call a professional pest control company. While pest control is something you’re supposed to do on your own, ending an infestation is a job that only the experts can handle.