Preventing pests from entering your home: Tips on how to do it
Pests are always a nuisance while in the house. They pose a danger to your health and that of the family. Preventing them to get into your house as spring comes by is critical and should be prioritized before going on with other household chores. The following are tips on how to handle bugs and insects from your space, and they should be carried out even in other places that you may reside or visit with an aim of pest free-space.
The Kitchen Area
Limit your eating areas: This should be a rule in the house; food should only be taken in the kitchen or the dining. This reduces the areas that are left with food residue and crumbs hence, lessen the risk of invading pests.
Make it a habit to clean the floor daily: Depending on the mode of cleaning, whether sweeping or vacuum cleaning, clean the floor on daily bases. Food leftovers need to be quickly removed so that pests don’t find something that will make them visit your house. If you miss a day without cleaning, this is enough to make them come for an uninvited feasting.
Wipe any spills immediately: Apart from a dirty floor in the kitchen being an attraction to pests, spills can also invite bugs if not tackled within the shortest time possible. Make sure to move appliances and furniture to be crystal sure that the entire spill is totally cleaned.
Dish washing: Don’t wait until later to wash your dishes – it is never a good idea. Even leaving them to soak will bring pests in your house after some extended time. After washing, be sure to drain the water and clean the sink.
Clean your drain: any slowly moving drains should be cleaned and cleared; insects and bugs come inside in search of water. Repair any leaking drains and sinks.
Clean containers: After using a jar or bottle, wipe down the outer parts and don’t forget to wipe the lid. Anything left in your syrup, honey and oil containers is an excellent opportunity for attracting pests.
Proper food storage: Pests can access all areas except for the tightly sealed packages. Stored food in the pantry should be in containers that are properly sealed. Airtight containers are suitable for dry goods like flour and sugar. Some items are frequently used like pastas and cereals. They should be kept in containers that can be re-sealed after opening.
Handling fruits and vegetables: These are an excellent source of vitamins, but they can be disastrous if they’re about to spoil. Throw or use them before they overstay. Overripe fruits are a perfect target for fruit flies and ants among other potential pests.
Dirty clothes are an attraction to bugs. Before you keep all your coats in the closet, spend enough time having them cleaned first. This will do you a great favor in preventing infestation.
Clean recyclables: plastic, metal and glass containers should be rinsed after the content is finished before they can be recycled.
Garbage containers: once in a month, make a habit of cleaning the trash container. It is easy to do it outside with a garden hose and a scrubbing brush. Use a smaller brush to clean the hard-to-reach areas.
A lid: a lid on trash will keep the pests away especially rats and keeps the smell in. Always go for bins with lids when shopping for a garbage container.
By following the right measures you can keep away pests and prevent an infestation. However, there are instances where a pest problem might go out of control. Other methods such as over-the-counter pesticides, or sprays and home remedies may be ineffective and toxic. A pest control company can be able to fully assess an infestation extent and formulate an effective treatment plan.