Common Household Issues That Can Lead To Pest Infestation

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Pests can get into all kinds of homes. Some of these bugs are just annoying and make it hard to relax, while others keep crawling in front of you and scaring you all over the house. Some of them can even spread dangerous diseases to you and your family, and some can even cause cracks in the house, which can weaken the structure of your home. There are many different kinds of pests and insects, and all of them hurt you and your family. Read on to find out what common household issues might be causing your pest infestation. 

 

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Bad Landscaping

 

If the garden isn’t sloped right and slopes toward the house instead of away from it, water and soil will slide toward the house and settle there, which will attract pests.

 

Access To Stored Food

 

Pests also get into homes because they can get to food that is stored there. This food gives them the nourishment they need to stay alive. To stop this from happening, all food should be kept in cupboards and sealed plastic containers. Don’t just leave food out. It could be eaten by pests without your knowledge, which could make you sick.

 

Faulty Drainage

 

There will be a lot of insects around the sink and the bathroom if the drains are clogged. It’s best to contact good plumbers as soon as possible to deal with the issue and prevent any more of their comrades from entering your home.

 

They Can Access Water

 

Household pests love pet water bowls, standing water, and that leaky faucet in your bathroom that never stops dripping. If termites can chew through damp wood to get into your home, they are more likely to do so. In other words, if you have water in your house – as we all do – you could also have a bug infestation. 

 

Your House Is Old

 

As a house gets older, it starts to fall apart. Wood, caulk, plaster, and insulation all get holes and cracks over time. Decks and siding start to peel or bend. Weatherproofing wears off, paint chips, and screens tear.  Normal wear and tear can be taken advantage of or even made worse by bugs, rodents, and other pests.

 

If your house is older, look for places where pests could get in. Check the siding, the weatherproofing, the windows, the doors, the foundation, and the sealing. Fill in small holes and cracks. Fix or replace broken parts of the house. Look for rotting wood or paint that has come off. Pay close attention to places like the basement, attic, crawl spaces, window frames, and utility lines that pests like to hide. All of this work might seem pointless, but you’d be surprised what a little extra maintenance can do for your pest problem. Your home is worth the money.

 

You Have Clutter

 

Pests don’t just want to live in your house; they want to live in your house and then some. Pests have a startling lack of social skills for their size. Even after breaking into your house, they’re still hunting for places to hide. They’d be happy if they could get into cardboard boxes, drawers, cupboards, heaps of clothes or fabric, or anything else that collects in your basement.

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Kori

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Kori is a late diagnosed neurodivergent mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, and coach; Kori shares neurodivergent life in a neurotypical world while helping others to do the same. As an empath, HSP, and highly intuitive individual, Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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