8 Tips to Eliminate Pests Around Your Home

A well-maintained and clean property offers more than just aesthetic appeal. It provides a safe environment with minimized pest risks, perfect for social gatherings, recreation, and relaxation. Here are some helpful tips you can do to reduce pests and spiders around your home to create inviting outdoor spaces that are both beautiful and safe.

1. Clear Away Dirt and Clutter

One of the first steps to maintain a pest-free outdoor space is to keep areas around your home clear of dirt, debris, clutter, and unsightly cobwebs and insect nests. In addition to providing a tidy and beautiful outdoor space, it eliminates hiding spots for pests. By regularly cleaning porches, windows, door frames, and other outdoor areas, you discourage insects from making themselves at home.

2. Eliminate Standing Water

Stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other harmful insects. Regularly inspect your property for areas where water may accumulate, such as clogged gutters, bird baths, flower pots, toys, or containers. Even a plastic water bottle cap filled with water can be an environment for mosquitoes. Keep your swimming pool clean and well-maintained, and cover it when not in use. Avoid overwatering your yard to reduce the risk of standing water accumulation. Ensure proper drainage and regularly check for and fix any leaky hoses, faucets, or sprinklers to promptly to eliminate standing water and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.

3. Clean Up After Your Pets

If you have pets, their food and water bowls can attract pests if not properly managed. Clean and empty these regularly, and store pet food in sealed containers to prevent attracting unwanted visitors. Additionally, be mindful of pet waste in your yard, as it can also attract insects. Regularly clean up after your pets to maintain a pest-free outdoor space.

4. Manage Your Waste and Compost

Make it a routine to check on your garbage bins. Ensure they’ve got snug-fitting lids, and don’t forget to empty them and give them a good cleaning regularly. Not only does this keep things smelling fresh, but it’s also a fantastic way to make sure pests don’t see your outdoor space as an all-you-can-eat buffet.

While composting is fantastic for the environment, think about where you’re setting up your compost bins. Keep them a good distance from your home. This simple move helps avoid turning your compost area into an invitation for pests to live around and inside your house.

5. Consider Your Outdoor Lighting

While well-lit outdoor spaces create an inviting atmosphere, certain types of lighting can unintentionally attract unwanted insects. Light serves as a guide for flying insects, aiding in their navigation, but it can also throw them off course and disrupt their natural behavior. Some insects attracted to light happen to be pests that can bite or spread diseases, like mosquitoes, flies, and moths.

To avoid becoming an insect beacon with your outdoor lighting, consider swapping out bright bulbs for something warmer, like yellow compact fluorescent lights (CFL) or low-heat LEDs. These alternatives are less visible to insects and are less likely to attract them. Additionally, be mindful of turning off outdoor lights when not in use, or opt for motion-activated lights that only illuminate when necessary. When positioning your outdoor lights, do so strategically to minimize the chances of bugs congregating around your living spaces. A few thoughtful adjustments to your lighting choices can go a long way in keeping your outdoor area both inviting and insect-free.

6. Trim Shrubs and Trees

Overgrown shrubs and trees near your home can serve as convenient pathways for spiders and insects to access your living spaces. To prevent unwanted critters from making their way indoors, it’s essential to trim and maintain your garden regularly. By doing so, you not only enhance the visual appeal of your outdoor space but also create a barrier that deters pests from venturing too close to your home.

7. Have Routine Property Inspections

Regularly check your property for any signs of potential pest issues. Focus on areas that are more prone to pests and keep an eye out for telltale signs like droppings, nests, webs, or chewed foliage. When checking the exterior of your home, be thorough in examining for cracks, gaps, or openings that could be exploited by pests. Seal these entry points promptly to ensure unwelcome guests don’t make their way indoors.

By catching and addressing pest problems in their early stages, you can prevent infestations from worsening and maintain a pest-free environment. Early detection enables you to take swift action, reducing the risk of a full-blown pest infestation. Staying proactive significantly helps in keeping your property free from unwanted pests.

8. Take Advantage of Property Care Services

At Zing Services, we understand the importance of maintaining a pest-free environment. That’s why we offer three effective programs designed to help home and business owners keep away pests and mosquitoes and maintain beautiful outdoor spaces.

Perimeter Pest Control

Our professional perimeter pest control services create a safe barrier against insects by applying targeted liquid and granular treatments around your home. Additionally, we go the extra mile by removing cobwebs and wasp nests. This not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your property but also helps ensure a cleaner, safer, and more comfortable living space for you and your family.

Mosquito Control

We provide long-lasting professional mosquito control treatments so you can enjoy your outdoor spaces all summer long. Our licensed technicians are well-equipped to apply mosquito control on large and small properties throughout the Treasure Valley.

As part of our perimeter pest control and mosquito control services, our licensed technicians will inspect your property to identify insect-prone areas and any issues that may be attracting pests.

Window Cleaning

Our professional window cleaning services go beyond just making your windows sparkle. We ensure your windows, window sills, and window screens are clean and spotless to effectively eliminate potential insect nesting sites or attractants. This not only enhances the overall cleanliness of your property but also discourages pests from lingering around your home or business.

You can read more about our property care services on our website. You can also request an estimate for any of our services by clicking here. At Zing Services, we offer property care services to commercial, residential, and HOA properties in the Treasure Valley, Middleton, Star, ID, and nearby areas in the Treasure Valley. Call us today at 208-585-9400 to schedule any of our services to help you get a pest-free and beautiful property.