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You never willingly extend an open invitation for pests to enter your home, but they’re notorious for making an appearance near your baseboards and cupboards. Your actions could be causing more damage than you think. That rat in the attic and the ants marching across your kitchen counter could have been prevented, after all, had you taken proper precautions. Some critters are known to contribute to allergy problems! Learn these four mistakes you’re making that bring pests into your home.

Leaving things as they are

Failing to fix that broken door frame or that crack over by the window are like open doors to pests who seek shelter. Look around your home and spend some time fixing everything that needs a little care. Keep a close eye on any small cracks or openings that pests use as a point of entry, and promptly seal them. If you keep putting it off, you could be in for a major headache later. Leaving things as they are could damage your home, especially when you come across an infestation that’s been building for a while.

Not visiting the uncommon places

Just because you don’t have a need to visit your attic or basement, it’s important to frequently check up on those spaces to be sure they’re not becoming overwhelmed with pests. Take a look every few weeks if you don’t already visit those areas on a regular basis. Some pests, like mice and rate, like to frequent attics and basements. Should you leave these areas untouched and unnoticed for long periods of time, you might find that a few extra guests have taken up a residence in your home.

Not taking care of your yard

When the branches from nearby trees extend and begin to hit your house, and the shrubs slowly bulk and overflow, entryways for pests are born. These small changes are gateways for critters large and small to discover ways to surprise you. To combat this issue, it’s important to keep the greenery in your yard trimmed and maintained. Don’t let things get out of control, and eliminate standing water to discourage pests from hanging around. Bonus Tip: Be cautious if you’re bringing second-hand items into your home, bed bugs can be tricky creatures to spot, and costly and timely to eliminate! If you spot an infestation, or you’re in need of a little help controlling the mess of pests into your home, Plunkett’s Pest Control can help. We’ve been in the business for over 100 years, and our family-owned and operated business employs highly trained technicians. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a service!    

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