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Pest Control 101: How to Keep Bugs Out of Your Home

As a species, we are far outnumbered by bugs. 

In fact, researchers believe there are an estimated 1.4 billion insects per person on this planet! Some of those include the teeny-tiny microscopic insects that we’ll never actually see. But included in those numbers are also lots of household pests that you probably don’t want hanging around your home.

Pests like ants, spiders, and centipedes are enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies!

We understand wanting to keep bugs out of your home. After all, your home is your safe space. You don’t want to be worrying about what pests might be lurking around while you’re just trying to relax and enjoy time with your family.

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In this article, we’ll dive into how pest control in the yard can also help keep pests out of your house.

What are Some of the Common Household Pests in Louisville, KY?

As we’ve mentioned, the planet is full of bugs! But there are certain pests that are commonly found in and around homes here in Louisville, KY.

Some of the common household pests that we frequently see include:

  • Ants
  • Cockroaches
  • Centipedes
  • Millipedes
  • Spiders
  • Silverfish

For the most part, these are nuisance pests. That means they aren’t likely going to bite or sting, but they’re still not a pest you want in your home. However, an exception to that is the cockroach, which is known to carry and transmit bacteria and diseases including hepatitis and salmonella. 

Pests like these originate outside but make their way inside in search of food and shelter. That’s why backyard pest control can be an effective solution.

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Let’s talk about some practical ways to keep these bugs out.

How to Pest-Proof Your Home

There are a few steps you can take on your own to help keep pests out.

  • Find and eliminate entry points. Pests have to get into your home somehow. They commonly make their way inside via cracks and holes which they can easily slip through. You should make an effort to seal cracks where you can. Also, patch holes in screens and consider installing weather stripping around doors. While it’s tough to fully eliminate entry points (after all, these pests can squeeze through very tiny spaces), it’s worth the effort to try and reduce your pest concerns.

  • Inspect your packages. Roaches, in particular, like cardboard because it provides both food (yes, they actually do digest the fibers) and shelter for them. Sometimes people introduce pests into their homes simply by bringing a package inside.

  • Maintain a tidy property. Pay attention to landscaping around the foundation of your home as this is a spot where pests might make their way inside. For instance, keep leaves cleaned up in plant beds around the foundation. You can also keep shrubs neatly trimmed. Pests love to hide so any effort to reduce hiding spots can help.

  • Properly store any food. Since pests typically come inside in search of food, keeping food in sealed containers is important. Wipe down your countertops and vacuum up crumbs regularly. Also, be sure to keep up with removing the garbage. But bear in mind that it’s a myth that pests are only attracted to “dirty homes.” Since these scavengers are in search of the tiniest crumbs, even the cleanest homes sometimes end up with pests.

  • Pay attention to garages and outbuildings. People often make a special effort to make sure their homes are clean. But pests often first end up in a garage or another outbuilding that is attached or adjacent to the home. In these areas, you might not be as tidy. For instance, if you have some spilled pet food in the garage, that might be a pest attractor that eventually leads them to find their way inside. Pay attention to other areas on your property where pests might be originating from.

Invest in Pest Control in Yard

In addition to the points mentioned above, you can also invest in bug control in the yard, which is known in our industry as Perimeter Pest Control.

Perimeter pest control works by using pest control products to create a “shield” around your property that prevents pests from entering in the first place. This is a proactive approach that helps to keep bugs out before they even have a chance to get in!

We know that when people think about pest control, they often think of an exterminator. But Perimeter Pest Control has some serious advantages. As we mentioned, it means keeping bugs out of your house in the first place.

It also means focusing on pest control in the yard as opposed to having to use chemicals inside of your home. 

And since it’s all done outside, you don’t have to be at home for this service to be completed.

There are some significant advantages to shifting your focus to backyard pest control instead of waiting until there’s a problem already brewing in your house. That being said if you do already have an interior infestation, that will need to be addressed.

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Then, going forward, you can protect your home with Perimeter Pest Control.

Choosing Pest Control in Lousiville KY 

When it comes to choosing pest control in Louisville, KY, you have options. But it’s important to recognize that not all services are the same.

You want to make sure you’re choosing a company that has your best interest at heart. As with any service that you’re paying for, you want to make sure that you’re investing in a company that is going to do it right and help you get the best results.

At Limbwalker, this is what we refer to as the “Limbwalker Difference.” It means that our focus is on providing excellent customer service and results. 

Along with that mindset, we’re committed to going above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction. In addition to applying pest control products to help keep bugs out of your home, we’ll also provide helpful recommendations and advice that will allow you to better address your problems. 

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At the end of the day, it’s important that you feel you’re choosing a company that is going to deliver you the best results. Only then will you gain the peace of mind that you’re after.

At Limbwalker, our Perimeter Pest Control services get good results on common pests like spiders, ants, and more. We have an effective program that ultimately saves homeowners money as they can avoid paying to correct a more costly infestation. It also allows them to keep these services limited to the outdoors, which we know is preferred.

By allowing us to create a shield around your home, you can effectively keep these unwanted pests outside where they belong. That means you can get back to enjoying life more fully without worries!

Are you ready to stop worrying about unwanted pests at your Louisville, KY home? Get in touch with us to get a quote for our perimeter pest control services.

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Chris O'Bryan

Chris O'Bryan

Chris grew up in Louisville, KY. He holds a Forestry degree from the The University of Kentucky and a Master's Degree in Economics from Clemson University. He is a Certified Arborist and 5-time Kentucky Tree Climbing Champion. When not at work, he has fun with his family, enjoys traveling, one-wheeling, and working in his yard.