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By Abigail McLain /

Have you ever seen a pest in your home and wonder how in the world it got in there? And did you ask yourself a million questions like, ‘did I take the trash out,’ or ‘is there a window open?’ Not everyone knows how to prevent, or exclude pests from coming into their homes. Because not all have that knowledge, we have decided to provide some pest prevention tips on how to keep the pests from coming into your Nashville home.

  1. Keep any stagnant water around the house to a minimum. Some examples include potted plants that have been collecting drain water or old tires that have been sitting up and have also collected rainwater. These sites are essential for mosquito breeding. So by reducing the number of harborage sites around your house will reduce the number of mosquitoes you will see in your yard.
  2. Seal up any cracks or crevices around doors, windows, screens, etc. Any crack or crevice that has been unattended is like an open invitation for pests to make their way in.
  3. Clean your gutters every once in a while. Dirty gutters are also great nesting sites for pests.
  4. Periodically check the weatherstripping around your exterior doors, and replace them if they need to be replaced.
  5. If your trees or shrubbery is touching the exterior of your home, trim them back. This will help prevent varmints from crossing from the trees into your attic, windows, etc.
  6. If you have any kind of woodpiles around your home, find a new home for them. Having stacks of wood around the house creates potential harborage sites for some pests, and food for others.
  7. Make sure any trash outside is sealed. Some pests will make their nest in the trash. Also, by sealing up your trash, you will keep the dirty smell from attracting rodents, and other trash-feeding pests.
  8. If you see any spider webs, knock them down. In doing this, it sometimes will deter other spiders.

Those were some pest prevention tips for the outside of your home. Now let’s dive into some tips on preventing pests inside your home.

  1. Clean up any spills immediately to reduce the attraction of ants or roaches.
  2. Keep your cat litter contained.
  3. Make sure all of your pantry items are sealed in plastic containers to prevent any kind of pantry pests from spreading from one item to the next.
  4. Any fruit should stay in the refrigerator to reduce the number of fruit flies.
  5. Just like your food, keep your pet’s food in plastic containers, as well.
  6. And again, remove or knock down any spider webs that you see.

Helping exclude pests is a great way to reduce the number of pests you see in and around your Nashville home. One thing we did not cover in the tips above, is calling your friendly pest professionals at Nashville Pest Control. We can eliminate your pests, and help you locate any areas you may have missed during your process of excluding pests on your own. Whatever the pest may be, we can help! Call 615-622-2584 today and see how we can help you!