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I was at a house the other day that had some pest problems. We’re talking pest problems to the point that they potentially would have needed to call an exterminator.
This got me thinking about all the ways that one could go about helping to make their home as pest-free as possible. Prevention is definitely the key here. Not only could these simple steps end up saving you money on an exterminating fee, but they also would keep you from sharing your living space with unwanted guests.
Here are a few of the frugal/health-friendly ways I think you could better pest-proof your house…
Take your garbage out regularly and store it away from your home.
Don’t store all your trash right beside your house if you can help it. Trash is full of food and all kinds of critters like rotting food. If you store your trash right beside your house, you’re simply inviting bugs and rodents to come on down to the buggy version of Golden Corral – right beside your house. If you’re inviting them right beside your house, they may decide to take an after-dinner stroll around your house to look at all the little cozy nooks and crannies that lead to where you live.
In the same vein, take your garbage out regularly. The longer you let it sit outside, the more critters it’s going to attract. They’ll end up breeding in there too. If you have a weekly trash service, make sure you don’t miss it. If you don’t have a weekly trash service, you are the weekly trash service. Make sure you don’t miss it.
I think this step alone is simple, borderline free, and a huge step in the right direction.
Check the weather stripping on your doors.
If you can see daylight through your doors, then you have an opening where all kinds of little buggies can walk right in to see what you’re doing there in the kitchen. They may decide that they like it there inside your home too.
So please, get new weather stripping on your doors if you need it. You can pick up a big ol’ strip of this stuff at your local Lowe’s for all of $20. It is worth it. An exterminator costs much more than $20. Not to mention that this will keep cold air from blowing into your house in the winter.
If you did just put in new weather stripping, but you can still see daylight, there are little weather stripping wedges that you can purchase. These just kind of stuff into where the daylight is and help seal things off. They work, they’re cheap, and I recommend them.
Don’t store a compost pile right beside your home.
You want to make your own compost? Excellent. Just don’t do it right beside your home. Compost is nothing more than a critter attractor. Put it down away from the house for the same reason that you don’t want to leave mounds of garbage right beside your house.
Nip it in the bud
If you do notice a pest problem, do something today, right now, to fix it. Don’t wait. Don’t put it off. Do it now. Go out and buy those mouse traps today. Don’t wait for those little boogers to breed. Fix where you store your trash today.
Spray pest defense around your home.
I get it, you don’t like spraying chemicals around your home. That’s all fine and well, but spraying some stuff around the outside of your home to keep buggies out is a much healthier option in my book than sharing the same living space with those buggies.
Are you really going to lick your door frame? I don’t think so. But you are going to put the fruit in your fruit bowl on the counter in your mouth, and if you have buggies crawling all over it throughout the day, you’re going to end up with their germs in your mouth.
You can pick up this spray for $15 at Lowe’s. I think it’s worth it.
Windows without screens are not left open.
Maybe if you live in the middle of the desert where nothing can live, you can get away with leaving your windows open without screens. If you live anywhere else, you can’t do this. In The Beautiful South, you’ll have every bug and his extended family coming to join you if you open that dang window.
Get screens on your windows if you don’t have them. Repair the ones that your cat tore. Otherwise, keep that window shut.
These are really simple steps.
Please take them if you haven’t already. I think they can save you a lot of stress and frustration. They really don’t cost a lot of money, and they are worth it. Also, remember that some money is worth spending. Don’t live on a Scrooge budget for a disgusting shack of a home if you can help it.
What do you think? Have you ever had rodent problems? How did you prevent a recurrence? Do you have other tips? Let us know in the comment section.
Aden Tate is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com and TheFrugalite.com. Aden runs a micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has four published books, What School Should Have Taught You, The Faithful Prepper, An Arm and a Leg, The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications, and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.