As more pests are running rampant throughout the United States, invading homes, schools and airports, more Americans are looking for proactive methods they can apply to prevent a pest infestation.

Pest Control Technology reported one way to reduce pest infestations is to keep living areas dry, as many pests thrive in moist, dark environments. For example, homeowners with crawlspaces should make sure the area is clean of debris and kept at a cool, dry climate. If a house has a leak that allows rain water to gather and create a moist environment, it should be repaired immediately.

In addition, maintaining a sanitary living space is equally important in the prevention of pest infestations. Keeping a home or office clean includes clearing out all nooks and crannies of any garbage, debris or food particles that could attract and support a pest population. Specific areas of homes that should be monitored include areas near door or window openings, spaces behind furniture or appliances and dark storage sections, the source reported. When these measures aren’t enough to prevent an infestation, homeowners should contact a pest control company to learn about other potential options.