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Unwelcomed Pests

There is no explaining to household pests why you don't want them in your home, or that the diseases and bacteria they carry on them is harmful to your family. Your only defense against uninvited pests is to make living in your home unattractive to them. Here's how you do it.

All pests need food to live. If your home has what they're looking for, they will be happy to make themselves at home. Here are ways you can hide the food from them.

  • Keep your trash cans covered. Trash is a food source and an egg-laying site for many insects. If you have open trash in your kitchen, the smell will invite bugs in and give them what they need to stick around.

  • Wash your counters. A dollop of ketchup or jelly is a meal to an insect. Keep your counters clean, and most insects will move on.

  • Clean your rugs and floors regularly. Crumbs and other food particles can sit on a floor for days. That means the smell of decaying food will be ringing the dinner bell for bugs.

  • Deep cleaning the sides of your oven and under your refrigerator is a great way to keep from ringing the dinner bell. Cockroaches can smell rotting food from a great distance. And they are partial to confined spaces where their belly and back are touching a surface at the same time.

  • Leave fruit in the fridge until you're ready to eat it. Fruit flies lay their eggs on fruit, and when the fruit begins to ripen, those eggs hatch. If you've wondered how fruit flies seem to appear out of nowhere, that is how. And if you have flying insects in your home, you will draw spiders in.

  • Seal your pantry items in hard plastic containers. This will keep the smells from getting out and the insects and rodents from getting in.

If you live in the St. Louis area, contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions and learn more ways you can make pests feel unwelcome in your home or business. There is never a good reason to have unwanted guests. Put out the unwelcome mat today.

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