Spring has come and is almost finished as we lead into summer. But with this climate, have you noticed that all the insects are out, and most likely they are terrorizing your home. How can these kidders be kept where they belong, outside and not on your floors, in your cupboards and other dark places that they love to hide. Here is a few general pest control measures that you can do around your own home.
Homes with plenty of natural light and air flow will have fewer problems with most pests found in Australia such as silverfish, spiders, and cockroaches etc. if kept clean and tidy. Also, ones that have a well maintained garden are less likely to become infested with pests.
Pests of any kind are mostly scavengers and will always go for easy meals, so it’s important to keep a home or office clean and tidy. One of the main problems we see when doing a pest treatment in a home is over cluttering of un-used boxes etc that insects like to harbor in.
One of the main areas for insects, like spiders, is the garage. This is because there are always a lot of things that don’t get used very often, so these pests like to make these types of areas home.
Cockroaches, on the other hand, are mainly found around wet areas, so the kitchen is of the most concern for a pest controller when spraying a house. Attention to kitchen cupboards and food pantries is also a place to make sure is well treated.
Here is some tips that might be helpful.
- Block there way into your homes
Your best bet in getting rid of pests is to stop them coming in. If your screens have any holes, your doors and windows have any gaps, you might want to fill them in.
- Maintain the Yard
This is always a hard one but avoiding overgrowth means avoiding pest and there homes. Any bushes or trees near the house that could do with a trim, debris laying around, or any weeds that need weeding even though you cringe at the job?
- Don’t Throw Meat Outside Too Soon
Interesting tip ha. It turns out that with some nice rotting meat and the summer sun, you will have plenty of pests in no time. So making sure that you don’t throw out meat unless your bins are getting collected in the next 48 hours will keep pests at bay.
- Keep what belongs outside, outside
Any toys, chairs, tables that have been outside for a while, giving a quick run down or a wash will get all pests off before they come into your home.
- Eating fruit and veg.
Have any fruit or veggies that have been on your bench for ages? If you do, have you noticed any little bugs flying around? If you have the fruit flies have come to visit and sorry to say eliminating them is a headache. Eating your fruit and veg before they get overly ripe will prevent this.
- Pet Food
Pests of any kind are great scavengers and will always take the easy route to get to food. So if your leaving dog or cat food down in bowls for your pets all day, this is just an open invitation for free food. The best way to feed your pet is to try and get into the habit of feeding them just once a day. This means you put the food down at a certain time each day and leave it there for about an hour.
- Checking Roof Voids and Concrete Slabs
Why say this? Rodents like rats and mice will find their way into these places and will want to start building a nest if they know there is a good source of easy to reach food. These pests are a lot smarter than you think, so don’t give them any help.
- Getting rid of still water
Getting rid of still water is getting rid of a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. With summer rains hopefully on there way water will tend to fill up buckets and other places. Check for leaks near your air-con and other places where water can build up will prevent these pests from breeding.