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8 Easy Ways to Prevent Pests

A Common Mouse on the Kitchen FloorYou certainly don’t want pests at your Hot Springs rental home. However, insects, rodents, and other pests may still invade your property. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep your home pest-free. With a few pest control steps, you can make sure that your home is rid of any critters.

Clean Up

A clean home is a pest-free home. Cleaning up ensures no infestations happen. 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 is a very common source of common household pests. Eating food in different areas inside your home is like giving rodents and insects a free pass to enter. 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 includes storing it in air-tight, sealed containers. Household pests will almost always go for open food packages, too. Pet food is also something they naturally gravitate to. 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! In order to keep those pests at bay, always empty those garbage and recycling bins. It’s also a good idea to have your trash picked up weekly.

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

Plants, not just food sources, are attractive to 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 there are puddles in your property or anything that might collect or store water, make sure to dry them out. These are potential breeding grounds for insects. Sprinklers can be adjusted so that concave areas don’t collect water. Other areas can be filled with topsoil. This can keep the mosquitos and other pests at bay.

Good Property Maintenance

To tie everything up, regular property maintenance is the final piece to keeping your home pest-free. Make sure to keep your landlord in the loop of keeping gutters and window screens cleaned, as well as dealing with water leaks and whatnot. 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 Hometown for comprehensive property maintenance. Contact us online or call 501-701-4702 or 501-303-6870 for more information.

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