Traveling can be exciting and fun, but it can also cause worry since your home is left unattended. When you’re home, you can keep an eye on things and prevent pests from causing damage. When you’re away, that’s just not possible. However, you can your home safe from pests with some planning and preemptive actions. Whether you plan to be gone for a long weekend or an extended period of time, taking these steps can ensure your home is safe from pests while you travel.
Clean your home before heading out of town. Remove anything that will attract rodents and insects. Make sure all dishes are washed and properly store any food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator. If you typically leave a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter, instead place those items in the refrigerator. Or if you normally keep a stocked candy dish on an end table, put that away. This also goes for pet food and treats.
Remove all garbage from inside your home. If you’ll be away on your regular garbage pickup day, ask a neighbor or friend to put your trash out and bring the empty can back in after everything is picked up.
Secure Any Openings
Close and secure all openings like doors, windows, and even the dog door. Take a moment to double-check that the fireplace flue is closed to keep bats, squirrels and birds from gaining access. Take things a step further and inspect the exterior of your home to make sure all siding and weather-stripping is in place. Pests can fit through small holes, so anything big enough for you to notice is big enough for pests to enter....