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5 Pest-Attracting Habits to Avoid in the New Year

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When it comes to pest management, Portland residents may not realize prevention is as simple as home maintenance and basic housekeeping tricks. Make pest prevention one of your New Year’s resolutions by avoiding the following:

1. Leaving a mess in the kitchen.

Food is one of the top items that attract pests to homes. Make it your goal to always put food away after eating a meal and to never go to bed with a mess in the kitchen.

2. Allowing plants to grow directly next to home.

Plants are like bridges that make it simple for pests to hop onto your home and eventually find a way inside. Avoid planting anything new around the foundation of your home, and remove plants that are already growing there. If a plant is too big to remove, like an old bush, keep it trimmed. Additionally, cut back tree branches that hang over your home.

3. Ignoring weatherproofing needs.

When thinking about pest control, Eugene residents and others in the Pacific Northwest often forget that weatherproofing a home protects against pests as much as it does energy inefficiencies. Filling in cracks, applying weather stripping and sealing the home is an effective way to keep out intruders.

4. Forgetting about food once it’s stored in pantry.

When food gets pushed to the back of the pantry and ignored, it becomes an easy meal for a pest. Pest-proof your stored foods by keeping them in metal, glass or hard plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.

5. Keeping firewood right next to an occupied building.

Many pests love to hangout in woodpiles, so keeping one next to your home gives them an easy way get into your cozy abode. Keep your firewood at least 20 feet away from your home, dry and elevated off the ground. When you need firewood, bring in the oldest logs first, and bring in only as much wood as you burn.

As a final note, keep in mind that pests attract more pests. So if you suspect an infestation, don’t hesitate to call a pest control expert for a free inspection.

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