Tips to prevent pest problems around the home

The best way to deal with pests is to prevent infestations from happening in the first place. Although the risk of pest infestation is rife all year round, warm weather slightly increases the risk. This is because most pests reproduce during warm weather (which increases their population significantly), and it’s during warm seasons that we tend to eat outside a lot with barbecues being very popular. Food left outside attracts pests to your home.

To help you keep your home pest free, we have compiled a few measures you should take to reduce the risk of pest infestation.

Keep things clean and tidy

Keeping your house clean and tidy is a sure way of ensuring that pests do not invade your home. Dirty floors littered with food crumbs will attract pests into your home. Keep your floors clean by vacuuming and mopping up regularly.  Beverages, sauces, and soups that spill on the floor should also be cleaned up immediately to keep the house free of food sources.

Always remember to take out your trash daily. Garbage will often contain food, and this could attract pests. It’s also important to ensure that your garbage cans are always covered to deny any invading pests access.
Fruits should be stored in the refrigerator whenever possible. As fruits ripen they sweeten and start to break down making them very attractive to pests such as cockroaches, fruit flies, flies, mice, and rats. Keeping the fruits in the refrigerator denies pests access.

All the food stored in your cupboard should be kept inside sealed containers with a tight lid.
Do your dishes every day. Dirty dishes left in the sink overnight will provide a food source for pests and will attract insects and rodents. Once pests find food and water available in your kitchen sink, they’ll return regularly for the free food and drink.

Inspect your house and seal up any gaps that pests could use as access points. Check your roof and eaves for gaps that could let in flying insects such as wasps into your attic. We recommend using caulking to seal holes and gaps that could lend access to these unwanted guests.

You should also keep your house dry with as little humidity as possible mainly for two reasons: pests especially insects thrive in humid areas, and water from leaky pipes and faucets provide drink for thirsty intruders. Fix leaky pipes and faucets, fix your leaky roof and use a dehumidifier to keep your home moisture free.
As an added bonus for keeping your house dry, you’ll be able to protect it from water damage that can be expensive to repair after long periods of exposure.

Caring for pets

It often goes unsaid, but pets also pose the risk of introducing pests to your home, most commonly ticks and fleas. These pests cause irritation to both humans and animals so having them around is not good for both you and your pet.

Inspect your animal companion regularly and have them treated for pests (including worms) every so often.

Pests inside your home

Even after taking the above measures, sometimes pests will still breach your defences. Take action as soon as you notice an infestation before it gets out of control.

Whatever pest problem you are having in your home, you can be sure that Pestrol has something to help you out.

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