There are many pests that can get into your property in Jacksonville. Unlike the rest of the country, Florida has bugs all year long, meaning you have to be diligent in making sure your property stays pest free. Here are a few tips you can follow to keep the termites, mosquitos, ants, and other common Florida pests out of your rental units.
Seal Entry Points
Foundation and exterior walls are common entry points for pests, especially insects such as ants and cockroaches. Even the smallest hole could invite these bugs, so be sure to do a thorough examination and fill them all with liquid cement or caulk in order to make a strong sealing. Be sure to do this same treatment to any gaps around fixtures or cracks around windows.
Be Careful What You Carry Into the House
Check any boxes you bring into the house to make sure roaches and spiders haven’t snuck inside. Clean the bottoms of your shoes, especially if you’ve recently killed a bug, as roach eggs can survive without a mother. Inspect food containers you get from the store to make sure no pests will be invited into your pantry. If you go on vacation, check your luggage and wash and dry your clothes on the highest heat setting to be sure no bed bugs came back with you.
Close All Gaps
Make sure the screens on your windows and doors don’t have any holes in them, otherwise mosquitos could easily come into your home. Check that your weatherstripping is making a good seal around entry points so ants and other insects can’t get inside. You may also want to cover any vents with window grade screening as these could be another entry point for pests.
Don’t Leave Out Food
Keep all fruit in your fridge until you’re ready to eat it and only put down pet food during mealtime. Vacuum any crumbs in the carpet and clean up any spills immediately. Don’t stack dirty dishes near the sink, put them in soapy water instead. Keep trash in a sealed container. If insects are able to smell food, they’ll consider themselves welcome in your home. If the insect is colony minded, the leaders will invite the rest of the colony into your home as well. Don’t give them a reason to come into your home in the first place.
Even if you’ve never seen a pest on your property, it’s a good idea to take preventative measures. Some insects such as termites can silently invade your property and do damage before you even realize they’re there. A regular extermination schedule can safeguard your property before pests become a problem.