Molds and pests are part of the natural order of life. Outdoors, that is. But indoors, they are unwanted as they endanger your family’s health and compromise your home’s structural integrity. So, how do you prevent molds from growing and pests from infesting in your home?
Molds can grow almost anywhere with moisture and organic matter like soil, food and plants. The tiny spores they reproduce enter the house and cling to a moist or wet area. Pests also like damp, dark and hard-to-reach areas.
The primary way to prevent molds is to control moisture. Keep the humidity levels at 50% max. To avoid pests, perform regular home maintenance.
Inspect your home and seal entry points
Check your house for cracks, gaps and openings where moisture and pests can enter. Damaged window screens, loose roof shingles, gaps around doors and windows, and vents are also areas where water and pests can penetrate. If any exist, fix them immediately. Also, use caulk, weather stripping, or other appropriate sealants.
If you need to be assured that your house is pest-proof, or if an area has already succumbed to pest infestation, contact the residential pest control experts near you.
Control humidity levels
Reducing humidity levels ensures proper ventilation. Without it, molds can grow much faster and easier. In bathrooms and kitchens, use exhaust fans to remove excess moisture. Open the windows to allow fresh air to circulate.
In addition, use air conditioning or heating systems with clean filters to maintain a healthy indoor environment. You can also use a hygrometer to measure humidity and a dehumidifier to reduce excess moisture if necessary.
Keep your home clean and dry
Molds feed on dust, dirt, and organic materials. So, regularly clean and dust your home. Take extra care of your kitchen and bathroom, where there is most moisture. Clean spills promptly and maintain a clean and dry environment.
Use mold-resistant products
Consider using mold-resistant building materials and products in areas more susceptible to moisture, like bathrooms and basements. You can buy mold-resistant paints and caulks, but consult a professional about these options when renovating.
Maintain proper food storage
Store your food in airtight containers. This prevents ants, rodents, and pantry moths from visiting the kitchen. Pet food should also be safely secured. Don’t give pests a chance by immediately cleaning up crumbs and spills.
Eliminate standing water
Mosquitoes breed on this water. Rodents are attracted here, too. Molds develop around it. So, inspect your house for areas with stagnant water, especially during rainy seasons. Ensure your gutters are not clogged and faucets (or any part of your home) don’t leak. Also, clean or fix your bird baths to eliminate a breeding ground for pests.
Maintain Your Yard
Keep your yard well maintained and trim the bushes, trees, and shrubs. Remove debris and clutter where pests could hide and breed. Also, check that your outdoor trash cans have tight-fitting lids. If you’re in the countryside and have a larger property, scan your perimeter and check for broken fences because pests may also include bears, foxes, alligators and others.
A healthier and more comfortable living environment is easy to achieve as long as you follow the right tips, consult the right people, and promptly address problems. With early detection comes the chance to pay less and have more effective molds and pest control measures.
About the Author
Luqman Butter has been a pest control technician for over 20 years. He is passionate about solving people’s pest and wildlife control problems through innovative, eco-friendly and humane methods. Luqman currently works for Pestend Pest Control. He believes that pest control is a science and feels that his function in his community is very important since he helps people live in peace without causing unnecessary harm to animals.0