Even if you don’t have any pets, you might still have some unwelcome animals in your home. Insects can quickly infiltrate your home if you’re not careful. This can lead to all sorts of problems, from spreading germs to getting into your food to biting you. Here are four tips for helping rid or prevent bugs from getting in your house.

Keep a Clean Home

You don’t need to keep a spotless house in order to help ward off insects. You just need to make sure you aren’t letting things get into a disarray. Make sure to sweep regularly and not let clutter pile up. It’s especially crucial to keep your kitchen clean, as this can be a breeding ground for unwelcome guests like ants and cockroaches. Just a few crumbs around your counter could make a huge difference for the worst.

Not all bugs are deterred by cleanliness. Many people are surprised to learn that lice, for example, are actually more attracted to a clean head than a dirty one. That type of pest is not the norm though, as most of the rodents and insects who will invade your home will do so looking for a viable source of food. Keeping crumbs off of the floor and counters is one of the best ways to help them look elsewhere.

Keep Your Home As Dry As Possible

Just like humans, insects find water to be incredibly refreshing. If they’re inhabiting your home, it’s likely because it’s moist to their liking (lucky you!) In order to keep them out, you need to make your home a place without any reason for them to stay. Get a dehumidifier, sump pump, and any other accessories necessary. If you have a particularly intense problem with moisture in your home, such as mold forming in your basement or bathroom, you should consult with a professional mold remediation service.

Call Pest Control

When dealing with an insect infestation, you might be out of luck, at least one your own terms. Insects spread and reproduce quickly, so even if you get rid of one, there might be ten other than escape you. When this happens, it’s best to bring in a professional company like PermaTreat Pest & Termite Control or a similar group.

Exterminators and other pest control professionals will be able to evaluate your home and the current problem and take the actions necessary in order to eradicate your home of insects. The price you pay will be worth it when you have the peace of mind of no longer dealing with pests.

Be Careful About What You Bring In

Sometimes, we give insects direct access to our homes without knowing it. They can hide out in places that you might not expect them. Bedbugs, a truly dire pest, can be found on old furniture and used clothing. Termites can inhabit firewood that we bring in. Inspect anything that you think could have insects before bringing it inside.

Hopefully this has given you some good information about what brings pests into your home, and more importantly how to keep them out. If you see a bug every now and then you don’t need to fret. They may wander in by accident from time to time. If you begin seeing them on a regular basis, however, or seeing lots of them all in the same place you definitely have a problem. Whether you’re trying to prevent or correct a pest problem, keep these tips in mind and you’ll come out ok.