child-bug-bite-on-hand-574742873.jpgPests living in your home can be harmful to the whole family, but especially for your children. Unfortunately, it's all too common for insects and rodents to seek food and shelter in houses. To keep your kids safe and your home pest-free, use the tips below.

No Food or Drink in the Bedroom

Insects are always looking for food and once they find it, they won't want to leave. When it comes to kids, snacks and mealtimes can lead to a mess. Crumbs, spills, and other leftovers can attract all sorts of pests. Don't let your child eat or drink in their bedroom to reduce the risk of a pest invasion. If there's a spill, be sure to clean it up as quickly and thoroughly as you can. Also, make it a point to sweep and vacuum throughout the house at least once a week.

Take out the Trash

Even leftover food that has been thrown out can attract bugs. If there's a trashcan in your child's room, make sure it's emptied frequently. The same goes for all the trashcans around your house. Once they become full, take the garbage outside so you don't attract any insects. This is particularly important during the warm summer months when more insects are out and about.

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Keep up with Preventative Maintenance

Perhaps the best way to keep your kids safe from pests is by keeping up with preventative home maintenance. Fill any cracks or holes in the walls that may allow pests to enter. Ensure your doors and windows are sealed properly and there are no holes in them. You should also check the weather stripping on the doors and windows to ensure it is still intact. Hire a company that offers home inspection services in Atlanta, GA, to perform a thorough inspection of your home and guarantee there are no critters living in there.

Yard Maintenance

Performing regular yard work duties is also necessary to keep insects out of the home. Bugs and other critters will try to get into your home through any means necessary. This means crawling across overgrown greenery to get in. Be sure to trim trees and bushes if they encounter your house. During the fall, clean up the leaves and put them in bags for disposal. Piles of leaves make great nests for mice and other rodents. If you store firewood on your property, make sure it's at least three feet away from your house as this can also be an attractive nesting area for pests.

Be Vigilant

Some pests are harder to spot than others, entering and living in your home without leaving a trace. Keep the contact information for a pest control company handy so you can contact them at the first sign of an infestation.

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