There are a number of benefits to living out in the countryside. Although this kind of living isn’t for everyone, it can be a really relaxing and peaceful way of life, even if you do have to pop in the car just to get to the closest shops. One of the benefits is that you do get to be around nature and wildlife, spotting deer and foxes when you’re out on walks, as well as seeing an array of birds in the garden. The drawback to this, however, is that you can face some more pests in your home than you might if you lived in a more urban setting. So if you live out in the country, or you’re thinking about it, you need to make sure that you are doing all that you can to keep the pests at bay.
Of course, you can call your local pest control services if things have become out of hand or you have found a furry intruder in your loft, for example. Winter can mean that there are fewer pests around, as the temperatures are cooler. But being prepared for spring and when the temperatures rise again, means that your home can be safe from any unwanted guests. So with all of that in mind, here are some of the things that you can do to prevent a pest invasion in your countryside home.
Secure the outside of your home
This is something that is good to do at this time of year anyway, as any cracks or gaps can lead to leaks and water seeping in, as we experience more precipitation and much cooler weather. But the key part of this is that you can’t get pests coming into your home if there isn’t a way for them to get in! If there are cracks in windows, doors, chimneys, roof tiles, and so on, then it does give them a chance to creep in. Assess the outside of your home and if you see anything that looks like a problem, then it is time to seal it up and fill in those cracks.
Keep up with a regular cleaning routine
Part of what will keep any pests or bugs trying to get into your home is if there is something there that is appealing to them. By keeping your home clean on a regular basis, you can make sure that you can keep pests away. This is especially true in rooms like the kitchen where there can often be crumbs, or near doorways, such as porches or hallways. Cleaning floors and vacuuming regularly can be all that you need to do to help. Taking out the bins when they’re full makes a difference too, and avoid having piles of things stacked high, like newspapers or boxes, as bugs like to hide in these things as they don’t like a lot of light.
Keep moisture at bay
Moisture in the home is going to be something that causes a number of problems. It can lead to damp and mould, but also be an open invite to pests. If there is any moisture in the home then it can be a breeding ground for pests. If you have a sink full of dirty dishes, then that is an obvious place for pests to gather. There are some less obvious spots where pests can gather, though. Think about pipes in the kitchen or bathroom, for example. If they are leaking, then it is a good idea to get them fixed as soon as possible, so call a local plumber. Loft spaces can also become damp if there are any vulnerable spots in the roof. Repair any of those vulnerable spots, as well as look to use something like a dehumidifier. Some bugs and pests are always looking for water and moisture, so make sure that you can reduce how much moisture there is in your home.
Avoid an invasion of ants
If you get an invasion of ants then it can be really annoying! They can get everywhere and there can be hundreds of them. The good news is that if you don’t have a can of bug spray to hand, you can use some natural methods to get rid of them as there are some certain smells that they just don’t like. Cleaning with white vinegar can be a good idea, as not only does it clean well, but it can prevent them from invading your home. Ants also dislike smells like cinnamon, peppermint, turmeric, and black pepper, just to name a few other options.