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10 things you should do to keep your home pest-free

22 Aug 2019

Having a home is every bit as exciting as they say in the movies. To have a place to come back to, no matter what goes on in your day, is just something special and it never gets old. But owning a place comes with certain responsibilities. You need to take care of it as much as you would your most valued possession, because your home will eventually become that.

Dealing with pest problems is not fun,  but you should try to avoid that happening in the first place by keeping a clean house and regularly removing anything that might draw those pests.

That means installing fire alarm systems and making sure the place is safe. It also means ensuring your home is pest-free, and that alone is quite important.

This is how you can keep your home pest-free:

1. Regular clean-ups

The most important aspect to making sure pests stay out of your house is regularly cleaning the entire place. Rodents, cockroaches, ants, and all sorts of pests just love an unclean place and they thrive in such environments. This is why it’s very important to regularly clean your house of dust and anything that might attract those unwanted guests. This means mopping the floors with disinfectant and cleaning mites and dust at regular intervals.

Most of all, though, you need to keep your kitchen clean. Nothing attracts pests like food remains, and if you have that, there’s no telling what kind of pests you’d be inviting to your place. You have to get rid of any spilled food, clean the surfaces you cook on, and remove any food sources from the open to ensure that pests can’t find their way into your home.

2. Get rid of debris

Another guaranteed way to attract pests is by stocking up on debris and wood piles - or piles of any sort really. Pests usually take refuge in dark places that are isolated from light and air, so storing these items is very inviting for all sorts of insects to come over and take shelter. You should get rid of debris and any piled materials in your place.

3. Avoid having damp areas

Dampness attracts pests faster than anything, and insects like cockroaches look for those humid and warm areas to take shelter until colder seasons pass. You should avoid having damp areas in your house, and you need to open windows in the kitchen and bathrooms all the time to ensure they’re well-ventilated and no damp spots are being formed.

4. Get professional help

Let’s face it, ensuring your place stays pest-free is easier said than done. Sometimes you fail and end up with serious insect problems, and that is something you really don’t want. This is why you should hire professional pest control services to get rid of those nasty little creatures when you can’t manage.

According to certain pest control services, you should take care of any mice or wasp problems swiftly to avoid any damage to your property, and to you - some pests are carriers of disease and can cause serious problems for humans. This is why you should use pest control to avoid any further complications to the problem.

5. Get rid of any cracks in the house

Because cracks and crevices in your walls are also dark and humid, pests will eventually try to lurk and hide there during the day and wreak havoc during the night. So, to prevent that from happening, you should seal up any gaps around windows or in the kitchen, or any other place really that they might use to sneak inside.

6. Take care of the windows

You need to also take care of your windows and their frames. Install fine mesh screens and repair any holes or cracks around the frame. Those windows are the easiest way in for a pest coming from a nearby garden or somewhere else, so you need to make it a bit more difficult for them to get into your house.

7. Clean your pets

Believe it or not, cleaning your pets is crucial to ensure that no pests come into your house. You have insects like cat fleas and other bugs that infest dogs as well. These pests can easily spread to the house and lead to bad itchiness and some complications for humans. This is why it’s crucial that you regularly clean and treat your pet with flea treatments, not to mention deworming them. They’ll thank you for it - because those pests really bother them, and you’ll have protected your house and family from pests.

8. Trim trees around your home

You need to regularly trim the trees surrounding your house - they’re basically a gateway for all sorts of pests and insects to get inside your home. So, trim the trees and shrubs that are very close to your house, or have someone else do it for you.

9. Don’t stomp

Believe it or not, stomping on an insect roaming your place is not the way to go about it, no matter how tempted you are. Doing so can spread their eggs, and each one contains a lot of other insects. So, it’s best to use a dedicated pesticide that would kill them without you needing to worry that their eggs would spread.

10. Early inspection

Pests and mice don’t really like winter, so they hide inside houses during that time. This is why you should launch a pre-emptive strike and start inspecting before winter comes to look for droppings or nests. This way you can stay ahead of the problem and solve it before it even begins.

Finally

Dealing with pest problems is not fun, and you probably need a professional to properly do it. But you should try to avoid that happening in the first place by keeping a clean house and regularly removing anything that might draw those pests, like food leftovers or damp areas. Doing these things consistently ensures not only a clean home to live in, but also a pest-free one.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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