Keep your home pest free

Published On: Mar 17 2013 11:47:54 PM EDT

By the time you notice a rodent, cockroach or other insect crawling through your home, it may already be too late. The sign of a single pest can indicate a much larger problem.

Angie’s List Tips: Home Pest Prevention

“Prevention is the best defense against future pest problems. Taking care of your lawn, while it may not seem like the biggest issue, it’s actually really key. Keep your lawn mowed well and avoid standing water and go light on mulch around your house because that mulch can be a great place for pests to live," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

It’s also important to remember that weather can influence the behavior of certain pests. Rodents are more likely to enter the home in the winter, while bugs and insects will tend to visit during the warmer months.

Even though there are precautions you can take to help repel pests, it may be necessary to have a professional check your home, especially if you live in a wooded area or by water. A qualified exterminator can help prevent pests from entering your home by spraying the inside of your home and the outside perimeter on a regular basis.

“One thing consumers need to remember is not all methods are going to be good for children or for pets in your home so be sure to ask questions whether you are doing it yourself or hiring a professional," said Hicks.

Angie’s List Tips: Hiring a pest control company