The planet is filled with little creatures that help the world maintain a balance and clean up nature, but when those creatures enter your home, they become pests. It may be roaches, termites, ants, or any number of other little pests that choose to invade your home, so how do you fight back? These tips can help you understand what to do to control the pests when you move.

Before You Move In

Your new home may have entry points that need to be closed off to the larger critters, such as mice, squirrels, and bats. There are also things you can do to protect your home from the little creatures. Check for the following:

  • Paint exposed wood to protect it.
  • Add mesh screens to vents, windows, and attics.
  • Seal holes around pipes entering your new home.
  • Remove living or dead plants touching your house.
  • Make sure 4 inches of the foundation are showing.

While You Move In

Try to keep doors closed as much as possible. If you see any signs of pests, alert a pest control company to remove the critters, insects, or vermin. Make sure to stack empty boxes in a secure place as you remove the contents, and don’t pile them against a wall where something can hide.

After You Move In

Please don’t make the mistake of storing your packing boxes for future use because spiders, mice, and other pests can use the materials to make their nests. As soon as you can, install yellow light bulbs to deter insects from the outside of the building, and look for signs of invasion around your yard. If you are suspicious of a problem such as termites, roaches, ants, or spiders, call in a pest professional to quickly deal with the problem.

You want to feel safe and secure in your new home, and one of the best ways to do that is to make sure it is pest-free. As the adage says, “Better safe than sorry,” which is especially true when dealing with pests.