Pests are somewhat part of life, unfortunately! Whether it’s cockroaches, moths, mice, or other bugs living in your home, you likely don’t want them there. They can carry disease, dirt, and other germs into your home and in that sense can be quite dangerous. Others cause bites, rashes, and itchiness, which we also don’t enjoy.
But, what can be done about pests in the home? Whether you have already spotted pests or are just worried about their arrival, we’ve got some tips for you. Read on for our most effective strategies that will keep pests away from your property.
Obviously, the worst-case scenario is that you already have pests in your home. Whether you have a moth problem, cockroach infestation, or even a family of mice living in your kitchen, you’ll likely need to take swift action to move them out. Failing to remove pests quickly can cause much bigger infestations and many more problems.
In the case of an already-discovered pest problem, it’s best to call in professionals. They can quickly be on the scene and offer you advice on the best course of treatment to tackle your problem. These treatments and processes come in a range of possibilities from traps to poison to fumigation, depending on the particular pest or size of the issue. In most cases, professional pest control firms will come to your property very quickly and offer you a range of treatments and prices for their work. They will also advise you on how to properly prevent any more pests from entering your home, which we will now discuss.
Keep It Clean
Most of these pests – spiders, cockroaches, flies, mice, and more, are attracted into the home by food waste, sticky surfaces, and other poor cleanliness factors. One of the most simple things you can do to prevent infestations of bugs is to keep your home nice and clean. We all prefer living in a clean home anyway, but this is certainly extra motivation to get cleaning! Even your uneaten pet food can interest pests, especially if it is wet food, so make sure to clean up your own leftovers and your furry friend’s leftovers to ensure no hungry pests come looking for a free dinner.
Dry Out Damp
Another simple cleaning hack that we should all be doing anyway: treating any damp. Damp or mold is not only potentially bad for our lungs and health, but it is also a lovely attractive place for pets. When the summer months draw to an end, bugs head indoors to try and find warm and humid places to hide out over the winter. Keeping rooms well ventilated and dry will prevent these little critters from finding dark, damp corners to set up camp.
Treat Pet’s Pests
Your furry friends, especially dogs and cats that go outdoors, can definitely carry pests into your home. The simplest way to prevent this is to use a regular flea treatment for your pet. These scented and medicated drops are usually placed on the pet’s neck, keeping fleas and other pests away from their fur. It is also worth checking long-haired dogs’ fur when coming back from a long walk through countryside areas or long grass in case they are carrying any nasty friends on their fur.
If you spot a lone bug in your home, it can be tempting to swat or stamp on it. However, this often causes more problems. Stamping on bugs like cockroaches can release their eggs – plus, it’s gross! Instead, use a pesticide spray from your local superstore. These are formulated to kill bugs quickly and not do any damage to your surfaces or own health.
Oils And Candles
Finally, lots of bugs don’t take too kindly to strong smells. Spiders, for example, are repelled by strong scents such as peppermint or tea tree. Some people like to use peppermint oil, placing a few drops on each windowsill, door frame, or corner of their rooms. You could also light candles or incense with insect-repelling smells such as citronella. While these aren’t guaranteed to always keep all bugs away, they are a nice, natural option to try, especially for those concerned about treating their home with other chemical deterrents.
These simple tools, tricks, and steps will help you expel any pests that may have found their way into your home, or prevent them from doing so in the first place. Always reach out to a professional in the event of a large infestation before it becomes unmanageable. And, try to keep up with these measures all year round to prevent any further pests from joining the party!