Whether you live in an active city or in the quiet countryside, no home is immune to the presence of pests. These unwelcome intruders can be a source of irritation, health concerns, and even damage to your property. The following are the three most common pests found in homes and how to prevent and manage their presence.

1. Ants

Ants are one of the most common household pests worldwide. These tiny insects are excellent foragers and can find their way into your home in search of food and water. There are various species of ants, each with distinct preferences, but kitchen and pantry ants are often the most problematic.

Prevention and Control:

  • Seal cracks and gaps in doors, windows, and your home’s foundation to prevent entry.
  • Keep food containers tightly sealed and clean up crumbs promptly.
  • Use ant baits or natural repellents like cinnamon, vinegar, or lemon to deter them.

2. Cockroaches

Cockroaches are not only a nuisance but also a health hazard. They are known for spreading diseases and allergies and can adapt to various environments, making them challenging to eliminate once they infest a home.

Prevention and Control:

  • Maintain cleanliness and eliminate food and water sources.
  • Seal cracks, fix leaks, and repair any plumbing issues.
  • Use cockroach baits, traps, or consult a pest control professional for extensive infestations.

3. Mice and Rats

Mice and rats are common home invaders, especially during colder months. They are resourceful, and can squeeze through surprisingly small openings. Their presence can lead to property damage and the spread of diseases.

Prevention and Control:

  • Seal holes, gaps, and cracks around the foundation, doors, and windows.
  • Keep food stored in rodent-proof containers and maintain cleanliness.
  • Set traps or consider a professional pest control service for more extensive infestations.

If you would like to discuss further solutions to keep your home pest free, contact us to schedule a free inspection. We service the greater Capital District area including Albany Schenectady Saratoga and Rensselaer counties.