Nearly every article about basic pest prevention stresses this key point: keep your home clean. This seems like common sense. 当然, a cluttered home with dirty dishes in the sink 和 crumbs on the floor is more likely to get a pest control problem. So how come clean 和 tidy homes can also have pest issues?
If you’ve found yourself in this frustrating situation, don’t stress--it is not a reflection on your cleaning abilities. 下面, we’ll explain some of the reasons why clean homes get pest infestations 和 provide tips for what to do about it.
1. They’re getting in through gaps.
Pests are pros at finding a way into homes, 和 you might be making it easier for them than you think. Remember: mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel, 和 the average rat can fit through a hole the size of a quarter. 蟑螂 和 蜘蛛 need significantly less space than that.
Here are some of the most common pest entry points:
- Holes in window 和 door screens
- Holes in your home’s exterior meant for pipes 和 cables
- Vents 和 gaps around vents
- Gaps around window AC units
Sometimes it’s difficult to determine exactly where pests are getting in, especially after you’ve taken the time to repair screens, 密封的窗户, 和 install sweeps under your exterior doors. That’s when you should involve a 害虫控制专家 to help you get to the root of the problem.
2. They hitched a ride on your clothing or luggage.
臭虫 are hitchhikers no one wants, 但不幸的是, thous和s of people bring them home unknowingly every year--和 not just from hotels. Aside from overnight lodgings, some other common places where you might pick up bed bugs include buses, 飞机, 火车, 零售商店, 和电影院.
臭虫 spread by crawling 和 attaching onto clothing, furniture, linens, 和 luggage. Even though these bloodsucking pests don’t spread disease, their bites are itchy 和 can be quite painful, especially in large numbers. Trust us: you would much rather take steps to 不保险的 than deal with an existing one.
3. They stowed away with your groceries.
It’s not pleasant to think about, 但是是的, your grocery store (or their supplier) could have a pest control problem, which could spread to your home. Here are some precautions you should take:
- Avoid produce if flies are buzzing around it--this a sign that they’ve laid eggs in it.
- Don’t buy something if you can see that the packaging has been clawed, chewed, or torn in any way.
- Once you get home, immediately wash your produce.
- Store your dry goods in airtight containers right away 和 check for any signs of 储藏室害虫.
- If you find bugs in your groceries, tie the contaminated food up in a bag 和 discard it in your outdoor garbage can.
4. They’re smelling unsealed food.
正如上面提到的, one of the first things you should do after coming home with groceries is to store your food in airtight containers. Pests prefer a dark place to hide, so clear containers are ideal because they let in the most light. When food isn’t in a sealed container, it’s really easy for insects 和 啮齿动物 to catch the scent of something delicious. 蚂蚁, in particular, are masters at seeking out food, as they have four to five times more odor receptors 比其他大多数昆虫.
5. They’re attracted to your pet’s food.
Your dog’s bowl might have their name on it, but to a mouse or a cockroach, it’s a free meal. Although it might be a little disruptive to your pet at first, we recommend establishing meal times for them so that you can avoid leaving their food out all day 和 all night. 另外，你也不想要害虫 污染的食物, so it’s best to put it away when they’re not eating. Also, make sure your pet’s food supply is stored in a hard, sealed container!
6. They’ve crawled up through your plumbing.
This is the possibility that no one wants to think about, 但是是的, it does happen. 老鼠的 incredible swimming 和 climbing abilities allow them to travel from the city sewer into your home’s plumbing 和 up into your toilet. 类似的, when the city performs sewer maintenance, this can frighten cockroaches into seeking a safe haven in your plumbing system. From there, if they don’t get washed back down to the sewer, they can crawl out of your drains.
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