For many of us in Asheville, the first sighting of a pest or wildlife animal in our home can cause a feeling of uneasiness and sinking dread. If you find one pest, it’s more than likely others are sure to follow. Luckily, there are a few things we can do to stop an infestation before it becomes a significant issue in your home.

Below are three tips for keeping your home secure into the New Year.

Check your cabinets for old packages. Outdated grain and flour products can often be the culprit of infestations. Certain species of bugs are attracted to these materials and will burrow into old boxes. Even if the box is secure, open it up and check it out. You may have an infestation that you can’t see from the outside. The best course of action is to store these products in sealable or glass containers.

Check your faucets and surrounding areas for leaks. Many bug species are attracted to rooms or spaces that have water. Make sure that you never leave taps running for this reason and that leaks are promptly fixed! Make sure to check under the cabinets of your sinks as well, where real problems could be happening that you don’t usually see!

Many pests make their way into your home through small cracks and crevices that are part of your foundation. You may notice the cracks, but don’t think anything of them. In reality, they can cause severe structural damage and be an entry point for any number of bug species and other pests. You may want to call in an expert to check on the cracks and to find others that you might not know are there.

Are you located in the Asheville area or surrounding North Carolina area and have a problem that has already spread? If so, call Animal Control Experts at 1-888-ACE-1ACE. We work with our clients using an integrated animal control management approach that includes regularly scheduled visits to make sure that you don’t have return visitors.