No matter where you live, pests may enter your home without you even knowing. Pests like mosquitos, rodents and birds carry diseases like malaria or Lyme disease. And, other pests like bedbugs and bees can cause painful bumps. Just like every other homeowner, you’ll want to find ways to keep these uninvited guests far away. Don’t worry because below we go over the different ways to keep pests from entering your home.

Fill-in Holes & Cracks

It doesn’t take a lot of space for pests to crawl through. In most cases, it just takes a small hole or crack for insects and animals to squeeze inside. Anytime you find any damage whether it is inside or outside your home, you need to fill it right away. You can easily fill these openings with caulking or foam. A good tip to remember is to check the interior and exterior of your home once a month just in case new holes or cracks emerge. A home service company can help you fill any openings that you find throughout your home.

Repair Windows & Screens


Repair Windows & Screens

Birds, bats, rodents and other small animals can enter your house through broken or open windows or even torn window screens. Every night before going to bed, make sure to close and lock all your windows. And once every couple of weeks, check your windows and screens for holes, damages, cracks or tears. If you notice any issues, try to resolve them right away by hiring a home repair contractor.

Clean Your Floors

Crumbs and dirt can not only damage your floors but also attract tiny creatures — aka pests. To avoid pests like ants, rats and cockroaches, you should clean your floors in every room daily. You can easily do this by vacuuming, sweeping and mopping/spot cleaning your home. For floors that need extra cleaning because of stains, we specialize in professional carpet cleaning and have a list of recommended cleaning solutions.

Cover Trash Cans

Pests like cockroaches, rodents and bees love exposed garbage. They are the perfect eating and breeding grounds. To deter pests from entering your home through trash, you need to cover all waste bins. Placing uncovered trash cans under sinks does not stop cockroaches and flies from entering your home. As mentioned above, most pests are tiny enough to fit through small cracks and holes. The best way to stop them from coming inside is to cover all inside and outside trash cans. Also, remember to take out the trash as soon as it is full. 

Contact Pest Control

In some cases, pests enter your home even though you do everything you can to prevent them. The best way to combat the problem is to contact your local pest control service. A pest control company will come to your house and apply the right solution to your pest issue whether that is spraying your home or capturing bigger pests. Pest control services recommend them coming to your home every three to six months or once per season.


Don’t let pests ruin your home, instead, get rid of them as soon as possible by following the tips above. And, if you need any home repairs or floor installation in Belleville, O’Fallon, Edwardsville or the surrounding areas, contact Valor Home Services.