Smart Home Designs To Prevent Pest Problems: 5 Expert Recommendations

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  • Author: Fazal Umer
  • Posted On: January 16, 2024
  • Updated On: January 16, 2024

Despite the beauty of nature and the animals living in it, no one wants their home overrun by pests. Whether it’s a spider, cockroach or bee, most people shudder at the thought of a pest infestation. 

While most of these pests play a vital role in the ecosystem, you would likely prefer they stay away from your home. These pests cause many problems when they intrude on your peace and safety. They can damage property and carry diseases that could be harmful to you. 

Therefore, you must take every necessary measure to keep pests away from your home or under control. One way of doing that is equipping your home with some elements that will deter the plants from your home. This article will discuss five home designs you can have in your home to prevent pest problems.

Home Designs To Prevent Pest Problems

There are several things you can use to design your home, and some of them can serve as pest repellants.  Below are some designs you can put in your home to deter pests. 

Motion Sensors

Motion sensor lights allow you to detect the presence of pests early. Most motion sensor lights work round the clock,  24/7, to ensure you catch or see the problems before they enter your home.  

Furthermore, motion sensor lights also scare wildlife and large pests (rodents, squirrels, and raccoons) from approaching your home. The sensor works by shining sudden bursts of light around your home at intervals. 

For pests like nocturnal raccoons, this sudden light might scare them and make them more visible. Since they prefer the cover of the night, they’ll be forced to leave your home area and seek food/shelter elsewhere. 

Warm Outdoor Lights

Insects are known to be attracted to light, especially those in cool colors like black and blue. So, using warm colors like red, yellow, and amber-colored lights in your home will keep the pest away.  

LED lights, in particular, generate little amount of heat and emit no UV light, which bugs are attached to. Thus, you can invest in red or amber-colored outdoor lights to deter bugs and insects from your home.

Halogen and compact fluorescent bulbs are also suitable for keeping bugs from your home. Compact fluorescent lights (CFL) emit low energy and produce longer wavelengths, making them less attractive to bugs. Invest in the colored CFL to increase the effectiveness of the bulb.  

Furthermore, halogen bulbs emit longer wavelengths, making them less prone to attract bugs to your home.  

Wire Mesh

Wire mesh can be found on screen doors, window screens, walls, and ceilings. It is used to filter dust away and increase the quality of air while keeping pests away from your home.

You can invest in poly-coated galvanized and galvanized welded wire mesh screens to keep rodents away from your property. On the contrary,  aluminum wire mesh screens keep bats, birds, and snakes out.  

Furthermore, the wire mesh is safe, environmentally friendly, durable, and highly effective against pests.

Motion Activated Water Sprinklers

If you have a garden you cherish in your home, you likely want to protect it from a pest infestation. One way to do that is to install motion-activated sprinklers.  

Motion-activated sprinklers keep pests like chipmunks, squirrels, and raccoons from your home by spraying them with water suddenly without harming them.  

These sprinklers come with various features. You can choose the one that works 24/7 or only at night. Most motion-activated sprinklers also come with a sensor that will detect the animals immediately when they get close to your property.

You can place the sprinkler in the middle of your yard or garden(it can also help water your plants).

Natural Plants and Flowers

People put flowers and plants around their homes to give off a natural aesthetic feel, and these can be used to deter bugs and pests from your home.  

Lavender gives off a pleasant smell to humans but an unpleasant one to flies, mosquitoes, and other bugs. You can place lavender bouquets inside your house to keep insects out. You can also plant it near your home entrance or garden to keep these areas pest-free. 

Mint is a plant that effectively keeps pests away from your home. Chipmunks and mosquitoes especially hate the aroma of mint. To use, extract the plant’s oil and mix it with cheap vodka and apple cider vinegar to make a good pest repellant. You can also grow the mint plant in pots around your garden and home to keep them pest-free.

Other Ways of Preventing Pest Problems

After designing your home with the above smart home techs and plants to prevent pest infestation, there are still some other things you can do to ensure your home is pest-free.  

One way is to fix any leaking drainage since stagnant water attracts mosquitoes and bugs. You can also endeavor to keep your home and surroundings clean and clutter-free. Store your food in air-tight containers and keep them out of reach of pests. Seal up any cracks and gaps in your windows and doors. 

Furthermore, dispose of your trash regularly. Your garbage needs to be disposed of daily, and if you have weekly garbage service,  ensure that you take the trash outside your home and place it in an airtight container until the garbage company comes for it.  

Additionally, you can employ a pest control company to give you a more professional perspective of what types of pests you’re dealing with and how to eliminate them.

Final Summary

Pests are a nuisance that can cause damage to your health and home if they are not managed. Preventing them from entering your home is the best way to keep them from infesting your property.  

The smart home designs in this article are equipment your home needs to stay comfortable and secure from pests. Don’t forget to keep your home clean, clear out any stagnant water and throw out the garbage to ensure your home stays pest-free. 

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Author: Fazal Umer

Fazal is a dedicated industry expert in the field of civil engineering. As an Editor at ConstructionHow, he leverages his experience as a civil engineer to enrich the readers looking to learn a thing or two in detail in the respective field. Over the years he has provided written verdicts to publications and exhibited a deep-seated value in providing informative pieces on infrastructure, construction, and design.