Hattiesburg's Step-By-Step Pest Prevention Guide

April 15, 2020

Most items you buy come with some form of user’s manual. Something to inform you of how to use what you’ve bought, so you don’t have to sit around for hours messing with things until something works. It’s too bad homes do not come with user manuals, especially to tell you how to deal with problems such as pests. Fortunately, we have just that for you today. With our step-by-step guide to pest prevention, you won’t have to fiddle around and wonder what may or may not work to keep your home pest-free.

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Common Home Invading Pests Around Hattiesburg

Before we get into pest prevention, let’s talk about some of the most common pests here in our area. 

  • Ants: Ants come in many shapes and sizes. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood to live inside homes. Others can steal food right off your counters. Some ants even pose the risk of spreading dangerous diseases. 

  • Cockroaches: There are a few species of Cockroaches here in Hattiesburg to worry about. All of them can spread dangerous diseases and trigger allergic reactions and or asthma attacks. 

  • Fleas: Fleas can get into homes on the backs of your pets along with other furry invaders such as rodents. Their bites, although relatively painless, can be threatening if tainted with bacteria.

  • Rodents: Both mice and rats are a big problem here in Hattiesburg. Rodents are able to chew through even the toughest of materials and carry and spread a range of dangerous diseases. They are capable of breeding rapidly and are one pest you do not want to share a home with. 

  • Spiders: Although spiders do help keep other pest populations down inside your home, their benefits by no means outweigh the trouble they can cause. Some spiders like the black widow can even be life-threatening with their extremely venomous bites.

Where To Start With Pest Prevention

The best place to start when it comes to keeping your home safe from pests is with a good home cleaning and decluttering. The cleaner your home is, the less likely pests will be to stick around. If they do find their way inside, a clean home will have less food and drink options for them to survive on. Once your home is clean, work hard to keep it clean. To go above and beyond with pest prevention around your home, consider these steps.

  • Seal up gaps, cracks, and openings in your home’s exterior that pests could use to get inside.

  • Repair or replace broken screens.

  • Address moisture issues in and around your home.

  • Keep your yard well maintained and trees trimmed away from your home’s exterior.

  • Store leftover foods inside airtight containers.

  • Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.

  • Keep foods like cereal, pet food, and birdseed stored in larger sealed containers.

The more effort you put into keeping pests out of your home, the less likely they will be to get inside and cause you trouble.

An Easier Way To Keep Your Home Pest-Free

If you are looking for a simpler and less stressful way to keep pests out of your home, we have amazing options for you here at Holifield Pest Management. Our team of highly trained technicians has the tools and experience needed to effectively defend your home against any pests threats in your area. Our general pest control plans are perfect for you. Fully customizable to fit your home’s needs, and designed to keep out a wide variety of annoying, destructive, and dangerous pests, our plans are exactly what you need to keep and maintain a pest-free environment inside your Hattiesburg residence.

Give us a call today to find out more or to schedule a service visit for your property.

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