As you’re thinking about your custom home, it’s important to consider pest prevention even as you focus on things like wall color and flooring. It can sometimes be difficult to know exactly where to start when it comes to making a plan for this aspect of your home, but this article can help. Here are three things to keep in mind as you’re thinking about how to build a home that won’t attract pests:
Keep Your Home Dry
Keeping your home dry will help make it less attractive to pests. In particular, most insects need to draw life-sustaining moisture from their environment. Similarly, mice and rats also need water to survive. For pests, finding moisture can often be just as much of a priority as finding food, so it’s imperative that you keep your space dry.
This is especially important in naturally damp areas of your house like bathrooms and kitchens. Getting into the habit of wiping down your shower after using it or always having a bath mat can help you prevent moisture from attracting potential pests.
As you’re thinking about how to build a home that will prevent pest damage, built-in home features can be a huge help. Choosing an in-wall tube system can often give you better results than traditional pest control methods. While traditional pest control methods like spraying can often sufficiently control pest problems outside your home, spraying is not as effective in preventing in-home infestations.
In-wall tube systems involve a system of tubes that runs within the walls of rooms in your house that are particularly vulnerable to moisture and subsequently to pests. The tubes emit certain chemicals that prevent those pests from living in the walls in the first place.
It may seem like a no-brainer to put your food away after eating as well as to clean your floors of any excess crumbs, but it actually can make a big difference in pest prevention. Pests are mainly drawn to two things: a warm moist environment and food. Though not all pests are attracted to food particles, many are.
Cleaning your floors regularly of any food particles that may have fallen will prevent the allure. Getting into the habit of completely closing cereal boxes can also make a big difference.
Preventing pests in your home doesn’t have to be difficult. If you think about this aspect of your home plan through the building process, you’ll be able to effectively prevent future infestations. Be sure to do your research about your particular location to ensure that you cover all your bases.
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