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What flu prevention can teach us about pest control

Getting the flu certainly isn’t exciting, but there are some interesting correlations to that and pest control. Because of the similarities, we can learn a few things about preventing pest issues from what we know about flu prevention.

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Proper sanitation to prevent the flu can also prevent pest issues

As you probably heard hundreds of times growing up, “cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough” and “wash your hands”. Keeping clean can help keep you from getting sick. Well, if you look at your home in the same way, proper sanitation can help keep your home from “getting sick” with pest issues.

Proper sanitation is a great foundation for eliminating pest issues in and around your home. Pests need 3 things to start causing issues on your property and those are food, water, and shelter.

When it comes to preventing the flu, most people understand that if there are fewer germs, there will be a lower chance of getting the flu. It’s the same concept with pest control. If you clean up your mess, you leave fewer options for pests to access food. Lower exposure leads to fewer bugs on both sides of the parallel.

Cleaning counters, keeping up on dishes, taking out the trash, covering the trash receptacles, fall high on the list among other sanitary things that are basic steps you can take to reduce pest issues in your home.

Exercising and eating well can help with flu prevention, which is similar to home maintenance and using pest control products to prevent pest issues

Keeping your body in shape and giving it the right fuel can help keep you healthy and can be another factor in effective flu prevention. A similar concept when it comes to pest control is maintaining your home in top condition.

As your home ages, it starts to settle and this can cause small cracks and crevices equating to many entry points for pests. In addition to that, your home may have other entry points for pests you can repair as well.

Points of entry

Some common entry points to look out for are gaps around doors and windows or places where plumbing and wires come into the home. These can be sealed by adding in door sweeps under doors, weather stripping under windows, and expanding foam or caulk around pipes and wires.

Another common place that can deteriorate over time is screened in windows and doors. A few small holes might not seem like a lot, but with gaps as small as an 1/8th of an inch many insects and arachnids can gain access. With gaps as small as 1/4th of an inch, rodents can work their way inside.

Having a good diet and proper fuel and taking vitamins to help prevent the flu, is similar to using pest control products to keep your home safe from pests.

Many people might try and do their own nutrition programs or work out on their own, but in many cases they will get better results with a personal trainer, and using a health coach, This is similar to trying to do your own pest control vs hiring a service. You can certainly get some results using products on your own, but hiring a pest control service, will often provide even better results. Professionals have access to better products and equipment than you could get over the counter which doesn’t even take into account the value of a knowledge base that is being kept constantly up to date.

Being exposed to people who have the flu can get you sick, well having your home exposed to pests can do the same

It’s pretty simple to get that if you are exposed to someone who is sick, there is a good chance you could get sick too. Well, it’s the same with pests and your home. If you are leaving the environment around your home with lots of places for pests to live and thrive, there’s a good chance you might get pest issues inside of your home as well.

Some common pest issues that might be developing in your yard result from proper yard maintenance. Things like tall grass, standing water, or plants touching your home can be common areas for pests to live, breed, or access your home.

Maintain the yard

Making yard maintenance a priority around your home can help eliminate harborage points (places for pests to live) and can greatly reduce potential pest issues near your home.

In addition to upkeep of your own yard, it’s important to know that your neighbors’ yards or environment around your home could cause more activity as well. This is like living with someone who is sick, there’s probably a good chance you might get sick as well.

If your neighbors have pest problems, there’s a good chance they could get into your home as well. This is another reason we recommend setting up at minimum a barrier treatment around your home to help keep your home safe, even if you aren’t seeing current issues in your home.

The goal of these pest control barrier treatments are to help keep your home pest free especially if it is already and can help potential treats from the outside environment away.

Keep your home free of pests by implementing these pest control tips learned from ways of preventing the flu.

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