Prepare Your Home for a Pest-Free Summer Vacation

Summer is the perfect time to unwind and take a much-needed vacation. However, no one wants to return home and find their house invaded by unwanted pests. Properly preparing your home before leaving is important to ensure you return to a pest-free home. PestNation of Buford, Georgia, wants to help you safeguard your home against unwelcome invaders while away with a simple checklist.

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Indoor Preparation


  • Clean All Surfaces: Wipe down countertops, tables, and floors. Food crumbs and spills often attract pests.
  • Empty Appliances: Clean out toasters, microwaves, and other kitchen appliances to remove food particles.
  • Dispose of Garbage: Remove all trash and recyclables to prevent odors and food remnants from luring insects.
  • Store Food Properly: Place all food items in airtight containers. Don’t forget pet food, which can also attract pests.


  • Clean and Disinfect: Thoroughly clean sinks, tubs, and toilets to remove soap scum and grime.
  • Fix Leaks: Ensure there are no leaks or standing water, which can attract pests like ants and cockroaches.
  • Close Drains: Use stoppers to close drains and prevent pests from entering through the plumbing.

Living Areas:

  • Vacuum Thoroughly: Clean carpets and rugs to remove crumbs and dust.
  • Dust and Clean Furniture: Pay special attention to areas under cushions and crevices.
  • Seal Cracks: Inspect and seal any cracks or gaps in walls, floors, and around windows.


  • Wash and Store Bedding: Clean sheets and bedding and consider storing them in sealed bags.
  • Clear Clutter: Remove clutter from under beds and closets where pests might hide.
  • Check Windows and Doors: Ensure all windows and doors close tightly and are properly sealed.

Laundry Room:

  • Empty Hampers: Ensure no dirty laundry is left. Soiled clothing can attract pests.
  • Clean Lint Traps: Clean dryer lint traps to reduce fire hazards and remove potential nesting material.
  • Check for Water Leaks: Ensure no leaks or standing water is in the laundry area.

Outdoor Preparation

Yard Maintenance:

  • Mow the Lawn: Keep grass short to reduce hiding spots for pests.
  • Trim Bushes: Trim back any bushes or trees close to the house.
  • Eliminate Standing Water: Check gutters, pots, and birdbaths for standing water and breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Home Exterior:

  • Inspect and Seal Cracks: Look for cracks in the foundation, walls, and roof and seal them to prevent pest entry.
  • Check Screens: Ensure that window and door screens are intact and free from holes.
  • Repair Weather Stripping: Fix any damaged weather stripping around doors and windows to keep pests out.

Additional Preventive Measures

Professional Pest Control:

  • Schedule an Inspection: Before you leave, have a professional pest control inspection and treatment to address any existing issues and provide a barrier against new infestations. Discuss ongoing pest control maintenance options to protect your home year-round.

Travel Preparations:

  • Inspect Return Luggage: To avoid bringing pests back home, inspect your luggage and wash your clothes immediately upon return.

Taking these steps before leaving on vacation can provide peace of mind and help ensure you return to a pest-free home. At PestNation, we’re dedicated to helping you keep your home safe and comfortable all year round. Contact us at (678) 765-2226 for professional pest control services and advice. We proudly serve Atlanta and surrounding areas, including Alpharetta, Marietta, Roswell, and Sandy Springs. See our services area page for more information.