Salt Lake City’s Ultimate Step-By-Step Pest Prevention Guide

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Part of taking on responsibility is knowing that it’s better to prevent problems than just simply respond to them. When it comes to protecting your property from pests, that’s a responsibility you shouldn’t take lightly. Rather than wait around for infestations to occur, learn how to head them off with expert guidance.

Home-Invading Pests To Watch For

The first step in preparing for pest infestations is knowing what to watch for. To that end, here are some of the most common local pests to watch for:

  • Rodents: Mice and rats are the two most common invasive rodents. They can both do big damage and track in diseases.
  • Insects: From ants and cockroaches that contaminate food to termites that destroy your property, insects of all kinds can infest your property.
  • Parasites: While this is still a sub-sect of insects, they deserve a category all to themselves. From bed bugs and fleas to mosquitoes, blood-feeding pests are some of the nastiest around.
  • Spiders: Attracted by the bugs that are already there, spiders are almost always a sign of existing pest populations.
  • Wildlife: This category includes scavengers like raccoons or larger wildlife like deer that can destroy fences and plants.

Start With These Steps

The best course of action for keeping all those pests out is to turn to the assistance of experts, but every property owner can make sure that they are helping their cause by starting with the following steps:

  • Deep cleaning: Ensure that food traces -- crumbs and spills -- aren’t building up around your property with diligent cleaning. Make sure to get underneath and behind appliances and in tough-to-reach corners of your property.
  • Food & trash storage: Make sure you don’t leave food out (even pet food). Store food in sturdy packaging that can’t be easily chewed through by pests.
  • Landscaping: Clear our yard debris before it piles up and makes for good nesting grounds for pests. Make sure, too, that you keep your grass low and any plants from growing too close to your exterior.

Some Other Tips & Tricks

The above steps address the factors that attract pests to a property, things like food and shelter. The following will address the ways that pests invade properties:

  • Exterior inspection: The best way to limit the access points pests use, both to get in your yard and inside of structures, is to routinely check your exterior. Look all around walls, fences, and foundations.
  • Crack sealing: What you’re looking for are cracks or holes, even tiny ones, that might provide an access point for pests. Tiny bugs can fit through tiny holes, and rodents or termites can turn a small fault into a wide opening in a matter of days.
  • Moisture damage: You also need to look for signs of moisture damage, which can both attract pests and open up access points for them. Look for signs of mold or staining.

The Best Protection Comes From White Knight Pest Control

Rather than try to do all those things correctly all on your own, the best thing for any property owner to do is to turn to pest professionals. At White Knight Pest Control, we know how to keep out all kinds of local invasive pests, before their populations can take hold and cause other problems. Let us get started on an inspection of your property, helping you address all the factors that are needed to be preventative rather than reactive. We can not only provide more pointers, our proven prevention methods work better than any cleaning or maintenance ever could.

To get started on addressing pest problems today, contact White Knight Pest Control right away.