Keeping your home clean has many benefits; not only does a clean home feel great and look appealing, but it also has been proven to help you avoid getting sick, reduce allergies, cut back on asthma problems, and much more. There’s another benefit to a clean home that many people don’t often think about: a dramatically-reduced chance of an unwanted pest invasion. Pests like ants, mice, rats, bugs, and other vermin are all attracted to messy homes because of the amount of places they can hide and from the readily available food that can be found in places that you haven’t cleaned lately.
Ants can be attracted to nearly anything. They can get in through the smallest crack in your walls, find a small stain you didn’t know about, such as spilled juice or wine, and then report their findings to their colony. Within seemingly hours, your home is flooded with what feels like thousands of the little buggers and they’re crawling all over everything in sight. Getting rid of an ant problem is a headache in and of itself; figuring out where they’re coming in from isn’t always easy, and then stemming the flow once you do can prove to be difficult. About the only thing that rivals an ant’s strength is its persistence.
Rats & Mice
These small vermin tend to live primarily in urban or suburban areas, but can also be found in rural counties as well. These scavengers may be initially attracted to your home by the smell of scraps that have fallen into secluded places, such as behind your fridge or under the couch. From there, they’ll eventually venture out and try to find other food sources, which they’ll usually succeed in doing in your pantry or other cabinets where food is present. What’s worse is that you don’t usually attract just one mouse or rat; you’ll bring in a whole family, which means you’ll be setting traps to get rid of them for probably close to a week.
Where to Clean
Want to avoid having these pests invade your home? The first solution is dry, secure, and sealed storage for your food. This includes making sure your refrigerator has a full seal when it closes and that all foods you put in your pantry are firmly secured in plastic bags. While these bags may do little to stop rats and mice once they’re inside, the seal can help prevent them from being able to smell the food in the first place, thus removing the incentive for them to even get in in the first place.
Second, make sure you’ve cleaned in areas where food may have dropped that you don’t know about. This includes the areas around any trash cans in your home (as well as emptying those trash cans when they fill up), vacuuming all carpets, sweeping your floors, and making sure the areas beneath your refrigerator and even your living room sofas are regularly cleaned out. This should prevent food scraps from sitting around and attracting ants and other vermin to invade your home.For more information about our services or to receive an estimate, speak with our Manassas home cleaning services team today! Call Elite Cleaning Services, LLC at (888) 627-1497 for a free estimate.