Pest Myths: Clean Homes Do Not Have Pest Problems

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Happy Friday, Tri-County Pest Control fans, and welcome to our latest edition of Pest Myths. Please join us today as we go over a myth that is common online and in the pest control community: a clean house won’t have a pest problem.

When it comes to preventing pests, keeping a clean house is always a recommended way of keeping the creepy crawlies out, but does that mean that all pests won’t dare to cross the spotless, disinfected border separating your house from the outdoors? To answer this, first we need to know why a clean house will prevent pests.

One of the main reasons why a clean house does not attract pests is because a clean house does not have food waste around. Pests often come into homes in search of food and water, and having a clean home means that all those pesky crumbs on the floor are absent, which quite often are a pest’s source of food. Same goes for standing water: a clean home is unlikely to have pools of standing water, which translates to not an ideal living condition for critters.

However, this does not mean that a disinfected house is pest-proof. Pests also come into homes for shelter and warmth, which is, at the end of the day, one of the core principles of your home. This means that if the exterior of your home is compromised or if you have a penchant for leaving windows or doors open, that pests may very well waltz into your home, either in the search for shelter or by sheer happenstance. Therefore, regardless of the level of cleanliness of your home, it’s imperative that you keep an eye on potential entry points to your home, as even a clean house can unwittingly have pests hang around.

This all being said, our verdict is: false. Having a clean house does not mean that it is a pest free house. Please keep this in mind as you go through disinfecting your home throughout the next couple weeks.

Enjoy your weekend, and stay healthy!

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