5 Items To Never Leave Outside the Home To Prevent Pest Infestations

Many pests can find their way into your home. Whatever it is that attracts them, they can easily squeeze their way through the tiniest cracks and crevices. If you do not want them to move into your property (and it’s probably safe to say that you don’t), here are five items to never leave near your home’s exterior.  

1. Food

Like anything else, pests require a food source to survive, and it doesn’t take much of one to keep them around. Small portions, crumbs and even trash can attract these uninvited guests. To make sure they never infiltrate your home, be sure to never leave any leftover food outside and take care to tie up trash bags tightly. 

2. Water

Water is a must for all living things, including pests. If you leave standing water or any other liquid outside your property, you are asking for trouble. Just like food, it does not take a lot of water for these unwelcome guests to take up residence at your home. Even a small puddle is enough to keep them around. Double—in fact, triple—check that no concentrated amounts of water or liquid surround your property. 

3. Wood

Stacked wood is something you never want to leave outside of your home. Stacked wood is known to attract carpenter ants, termites, and other invasive pests. The wood can become damp and rotten attracting more and more pests to your property.

If you are going to keep stacked wood on your property, make sure to keep it a good distance from your home.

4. Boxes or Bags

Small pests can easily hide in boxes or bags, especially during bad weather or hot/cold days. If you do need to have boxes outside, go with closed plastic containers. Rodents can rip or bite through cardboard boxes or bags.

Before bringing bags or boxes into your home that had previously been outdoors, thoroughly check them inside and out to ensure they haven’t become home to any kind of pest. 

5. Pest Attracting Plants

Some plants attract pests. Flowers and sweet fruits and vegetables can attract bees, mosquitoes and other small insects and rodents. If you do want to have plants, we recommend planting them closer to the edge of your property or in a green room and only spray safe pesticides. 

These are just a few of the items you should never leave outside if you don’t want to have a pest problem on your hands. As your local pest control company, we’d be happy to give you a more detailed list. Here in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas, Dayton’s Pest Control Services has helped homeowners for over 30 years. Schedule an appointment with us today!