You look forward to vacations all year. Whether you are driving to a destination a few hours away or flying off to an adventure-filled getaway, chances are you have been putting a fair amount of planning into making your trip as enjoyable and memorable as possible. It would be a real shame to return from your vacation only to find that while you were away, bugs invaded your home.
In order to prevent your return to the real world from being too devastating, there are a number of things you can do before you leave that will make your home less appealing to pests.
Have Your Home Treated Before Your Leave
While you know that if your house becomes infested when you are away that you can reach out to have a pest control professional come out to take care of the problem, you can just as easily prevent the problem from ever happening in the first place. Furthermore, if you take this reactive course of action, you risk not being able to get an appointment right away, leaving you to try to manage the problem on your own.
With that in mind, within the week before you are set to leave for your vacation, give an experienced pest control service like Moxie Pest Control a call to schedule an appointment for them to come out and treat your home in advance. Their preventative services will make sure that there are no unwelcome pests greeting you when you return home.
Clean Your House Thoroughly
It might not be the most appealing thing to you in the days leading up to your vacation, but cleaning your house will make it less attractive to bugs in your absence. Make sure that any food crumbs have been swept up and disposed of, and any piles of random things like papers and books have been tidied up.
Be sure that any food that you are going to leave behind in your pantry or cupboards has been properly packaged, so it doesn’t become a feast for pests. Try to avoid leaving any food items out on the counter as well since that could prove to be easily accessible for bugs. On the day of your departure, try to leave a little time to run the vacuum and wipe down your countertops one last time. Lastly, take out the trash before you depart.
Use LED Bulbs
Motion detecting or timed porch lights can be a good way to deter burglars (as long as the light isn’t left on all day as well). Unfortunately, while potential burglars might shy away from your home because of such a light, bugs will not.
Many bugs are attracted by light at night. However, if you switch out your regular bulb for an LED one, you can avoid this problem altogether. While LEDs won’t repel pests, the lower light that they emit is less attractive to nocturnal bugs.
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