May 10, 2019 at 8:48am | Haley Kinard
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Insects and vermin can make a homeowner’s life miserable; not only do they create messes and damage, but they can also spread disease and put your health — and your family’s health — at risk. When you’re planning to have guests over, the last thing you want to deal with is getting rid of pests. It can be stressful enough to clean your house and get everything ready for visitors; when you add in the cost and worry that comes with making sure there are no signs of bugs or mice, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out.

Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do to protect your home from pests and to clean and disinfect after an infestation. One easy way to ensure bugs and mice don’t move in is to remove clutter and keep things organized; you can also keep food out of bedrooms and areas outside of the kitchen. When it comes to cleaning, make sure you stay safe by using gloves and the right products to disinfect your home and keep unwanted critters from returning.

Below are a few things you can do to keep things clean and pest-free.


Decluttering your home has many benefits, including boosting your mental health; when it comes to keeping bugs and vermin at bay, it can really help in preventing infestations because they love to hide and make nests. File paperwork immediately rather than allowing it to lay on desks or countertops, and get rid of outdated technology, appliances, or furniture, especially items that are made of wood. Not only will this help to prevent critters from making themselves at home, but it will also allow you to get your home into shape before your guests arrive.

Being Prepared to Disinfect

Disinfecting your home is essential when you’ve had an infestation, so once you’ve gotten rid of the pests, be prepared to use some elbow grease to get rid of odors, stains, and messes left behind by your uninvited guests. Mice, especially, can spread disease through their urine and feces, so it will be crucial for your health to use a strong solution to clean the affected areas. Also, make sure you air out the space well and keep it well-ventilated while you clean. Wear gloves and a mask, and change the gloves often to avoid cross-contamination.

Keeping Water Where It Belongs

Bugs often come into a home looking for water, so one of the best ways to keep them at bay is to ensure there are no leaks or standing water. In bathrooms, basements, and kitchens, it’s important to keep the floors dry and address any leaks immediately. Use fans to your advantage and keep each room as dry as possible, especially during the rainy season. Keep your floors dry by utilizing mats by the doors and creating a space for everyone to keep their shoes or boots.

Getting Organized

Staying organized can be a big help when it comes to keeping pests from coming into your home. Decluttering is part of it, but you can also utilize shelving and bins in the garage and basement to keep things off the floor, organize the pantry to ensure that all your food has its own place, and keep closets from becoming too full by clearing them out once per season. It will be helpful to get rid of something — by donating or selling it — every time you buy a new piece. This will also help you keep things nice and neat for your guests.

Getting rid of pests and keeping them from coming back will help you ensure that your home is as clean as possible for your visitors, and it will give you peace of mind when it comes to making sure you and your family are healthy and safe. Keep in mind that if you have a large infestation, you’ll likely need the help of a professional exterminator.


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