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8 Easy Ways to Prevent Pests

A Common Mouse on the Kitchen FloorYour Honolulu rental home should be free from pests. Nevertheless, always be cautious, because you could still be invaded by insects, rodents, or other pests. Thankfully, there are methods for keeping your home pest-free. With just a few methods of pest prevention, you can ensure that no critters are found in your home.

Clean Up

A clean home is a pest-free home. Cleaning up ensures no infestations happen. There are a lot of 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 could also be a source of common household pests. If you find yourself eating in different parts of your home, you could actually be opening up yourself for an infestation of rodents and insects. If you can help it, keep all of the eating and food inside the kitchen, and wash those dishes right after.

Store Food Properly

Keeping food in the kitchen also means storing it in air-tight, sealed containers. When you have open food packages, you’re calling for household pests. 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. Often times, recyclables, too — especially empty food containers! Keep those pests far from your property by consistently cleaning out those garbage and recycling bins. Getting your trash picked up weekly is also a great idea.

Put a Lid on It

An open can of garbage is an invitation for pests. 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

If you happen to find any puddles of water in your property, or any containers that might store water, it would be a good idea to empty them out. You can use topsoil to fill concave areas; also make sure to adjust the sprinklers to water those areas minimally. This helps keep those mosquitos and pests away.

Good Property Maintenance

And, one last thing to tie it all together is to perform regular property maintenance in order to keep your house pest-free. The landlord should always be informed of any issues in gutters, window screens, and even water 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 Alliance for comprehensive property maintenance. Contact us online or call 808-427-0611 for more information.

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