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Tips for Keeping Pests Out of an Apartment

Pests are usually a problem for some specific occupations like farming. But it can also be a problem for urban area dwellers. It’s common to see insects and stray animals like rodents and rats destroy personal property in urban residential areas. 

The problem gets worse when you live in a community setup, such as a unit of an apartment complex. The laxity of other tenants might pose a risk of infestation to you. But if you are dealing with this problem, here are a few tips to help you protect your space. Continue reading below to learn tips! Contact Creature Catchers today!


Keeping your place clean and free of garbage is the first step to keeping pests out. Having piles of laundry and messy kitchen countertops makes your apartment a conducive breeding environment for common house pests. 

Keep your apartment organized. Keep your clean clothes neatly folded or stacked and your dirty clothes nicely arranged for laundry. Neatly put children and pet toys, and make sure you have no stationery items or any other materials out of place. This way, no hiding space is available to pests.

Choose the Right Greenery 

Indoor gardening or keeping green plants in your apartment is okay. But you must be careful to choose the right plants. The right plants, in this case, would be plants that repel pests rather than invite them. 

Shrubbery plants are known to harbor pests. These should be avoided. Plants to consider here include lemongrass, citronella, catnip, basil, and mint. These plants repel household pests such as mosquitoes, house flies, cockroaches, fleas, etc.

Cleaning Routine

How often you clean affects the existence of pests in your home. Regular cleaning disrupts their breeding places. It also reduces and even eliminates the tiny food particles and other survival materials they need for surviving. 

A thorough cleaning routine must regularly include vacuuming holes and corners of your apartment, cleaning dark spots and spaces that are mostly inaccessible, like the areas behind or under stationary furniture.

Get Rid of Moisture

Pests love wet areas. Damp areas are ideal spots for pests to live and multiply. Be sure to get rid of excess moisture. Leave no standing water. Check always to make sure that you have no pipe leak problems.

Places to watch out for include areas under the kitchen sink, the bathroom, under your cupboards, or other suspicious areas that are regularly exposed to water.

Avoid Trash Pile-up

Piling up garbage is like sending an invitation to pests for gathering. Keep your trash can empty. Always take out your trash regularly. After taking out your trash, wash the trash can to eliminate any sticky or mushy garbage left in it. This will help to keep the pests out.

Seal All Openings 

Cracks and holes in the window frames, pipes, and walls are ideal entrance spots for pests. These openings must be sealed to avoid an infestation. 

Always check for cracks on your window frame, door frames, in the walls and pipes. Seal with quality sealants. 

If you still need help after trying out all these tips, you may consider using insecticides and even enlisting the help of a pest control agency.

Contact Creature Catchers Today

Here at Creature Catchers, we offer expert pest control advice. If you’re struggling with pests in your apartment and need our services, contact us today! Give us a call at (781) 885-7635 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to assisting you!

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