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What Attracts Pests to a Property?

What Attracts Pests to a Property?

As a homeowner, having pests around the house can be a nightmare. Not only is it uncomfortable having creepy crawlies invading your personal space, but pests can also bring about diseases and cause damages to your property. Have you ever wondered what attracts pests to your property in the first place? In this blog post, we explore the various factors that draw pests to your home and how you can prevent them from invading your space.

Nest Building

One of the main things that attract pests to a property is shelter. Pests are always on the lookout for safe and secure environments where they can hide out from predators, harsh weather or simply lay their eggs. That’s why houses with cluttered spaces such as boxes, old furniture, or overgrown gardens can be a breeding ground for pests such as rodents, cockroaches, termites and mosquitoes. To keep pests at bay, keep your house tidy, get rid of any unnecessary clutter in your backyard, and trim your lawn and garden regularly.

Access to Food

The second thing that attracts pests to a property is food. Pests are drawn to properties that have easy and accessible sources of food. These include open garbage bins, stored food, fruits, and compost heaps. To prevent pests from accessing your sources of food, ensure that garbage bins are sealed, and any stored food is kept in airtight containers. Additionally, dispose of compost regularly or cover it with a layer of soil so that pests don’t feed on it.


Another thing that attracts pests to a property is moisture. Moisture can come from various sources such as leaky pipes, stagnant water, or wet surfaces. Pests such as cockroaches, fleas, and mosquitoes thrive in moist environments. To keep pests away, repair any leaks in your home immediately, ensure that all surfaces are dry and well ventilated, and ensure that water doesn’t pool around your property by clearing any stagnant water.

Heat & Shelter

The fourth thing that attracts pests to a property is warmth. Pests such as rodents and insects seek warmth, especially during the colder months. Warmth can be found in areas such as attics, basements, wall cavities or any other areas where there is insulation. To keep pests at bay, seal any gaps or cracks in your home’s exterior, install insulating materials, and keep basements and attics well-ventilated and dry.


Lastly, pests are attracted to properties that are adjacent to other properties that have an infestation. If your neighbour has a pest problem, it’s quite likely that pests will migrate to your home. To prevent this from happening, keep your home well maintained, seal any gaps, and ensure that your home is well ventilated.

While there are various factors that attract pests to your property, the good news is that with the right preventive measures, you can keep them away. To ensure that you keep pests at bay, keep a tidy home, seal any gaps and crevices, keep your sources of food inaccessible, ensure that your home is moisture-free, and keep your home well ventilated. If you experience an infestation despite following these preventive measures, it’s best to call a professional pest control service to ensure that the problem is dealt with efficiently.

Contact Willis Pest Control for Pest Removal

At Willis Pest Control we are specialists in providing expert pest control solutions across Birmingham and the Midlands. For help in dealing with Pests, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our expert Willis Pest Control team, give us a call on 0121 588 5258 or 07305 518033.