If you have unwanted guests in your home in the form of pests like spiders, cockroaches, rats, mice, or ants, they can be more than just a nuisance. Many of them can cause damage to your property, as well as your belongings and food. Even more distressing, though, is the fact that they can spread various diseases and bacterial infections.
While the most effective way to deal with pests in and around your home is to contact your local pest control service, there is still a lot you can do on your own before you go down the route of the professionals.
And that is exactly what we are going to discuss in this post – handy DIY tips for keeping pests away from your home.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean and Tidy
The majority of pests that invade our homes really relish and enjoy damp, dirty, and untidy areas. If you have had issues in the past or have an ongoing problem with pests, particularly in your kitchen, it is time to up your cleaning and tidying game a bit.
Make sure you keep all surfaces, cupboards, and everywhere else as clean as you can. Use disinfectant sprays and cleaners regularly.
When there is a lot of clutter and untidiness, this can be just as much of a draw for pests as dirt and food particles, because it gives them lots of places to hide.
Therefore, try to gain a sense of order in your kitchen and when the only things you have out on the countertops are the things you need, it will give pests fewer options for using as hideouts.
Make Sure There is No Standing Water
When water is allowed to stand and become stagnant, this creates the perfect environment for many pests, including mosquitos. This is why it is important to not only clean the inside of your property but also the outside. Make sure it is clean and clear and that the drains are not blocked or obstructed and clean.
It is the same idea as the interior. If you have any buckets or other containers in cupboards or your utility room or bathroom, make sure they are dry before storing them.
Take the Trash Out Regularly
Dealing with your trash effectively and efficiently will go a very long way to helping you deal with a prevailing pest problem. Generally speaking, you should be aiming to take out the trash every day. Any accumulation of trash can attract cockroaches, rats, and other rodents. Simply emptying your trashcans and bins every day rather than waiting to the end of the week is one of the easiest forms of pest control.
Try to Avoid Keeping Fruit and Veg Out Too Long
Although we are not necessarily saying that you should keep all fruit and vegetables in your fridge, you need to be careful when keeping them out in a bowl or on a rack, because once they become overripe, they attract insects and flies.
It is best to try and avoid keeping any ripe or cut fruits on your countertops and instead store them in the fridge. While fruit flies are a nuisance, they are not very harmful. Cockroaches and ants on the other hand can be very pervasive and often carry diseases.
Keep Your Garden Clean, Tidy
Whether you have a garden, lawn, or just a yard area, you need to take care of it properly. Fill in any holes and pits to prevent there from being spots where water can accumulate and become stagnate. If you have any water features like fountains, sprinkler systems, or a pond, you should also make sure you clean those regularly.
You should also keep all plants in order and cut them back neatly to avoid there being too many bushy and wild areas. These are ideal hiding places for lots of annoying and dangerous pests.
Contact a Professional Pest Control Team
Of course, all of the methods noted above, while effective and have their place in the grand scheme of things, are not the only things you need to do. If you are serious about getting rid of the pests once and for all, then you need to speak to a professional pest control team. They can assess the problem you are having; how serious and extensive it is and offer a selection of effective solutions.