Nobody likes to share their home with pests, but these annoying insects or animals usually make their way into homes anyway. Maintaining good hygiene and sanitation is key to keeping pests out of your home. Here's what you can do to keep your home pest-free.
Do not make food easily accessible for pests
Like humans, pests need food to survive. A common mistake that many homeowners make is to make food easily accessible for pets. Dirty utensils are left in the kitchen sink overnight, food is left uncovered, and food waste kept in bins without lockable lids. In addition, some people do not clean up the dining area properly after meals, leaving food scraps on the dining table and the floors.
If you want to keep pests at bay, you should clean up after every meal, cover any leftover food and dispose of food waste properly. Immediately after you are done having your meal, wipe the dining table with a clean, damp soft cloth to rid of any food particles that may have dropped on the table when you were eating, and also sweep the floors with a broom. If any liquid food spilled on the floors, you may need to damp mop the spot to prevent the food from drying up there.
Dirty utensils should never be left to stay in the kitchen sink or countertops for long. If possible, they should be washed immediately after you have had your meal so that any food scraps can be cleaned before they can attract pests. Leftover food should be put in jars with tight-fitting lids, while food waste should be wrapped in disposable paper before being put in waste bins with lockable lids.
Ensure your home is kept free of foul smells
Some pests are also attracted into the home by the presence of foul-smelling organic matter in the home. Ever noticed how flies tend to get drawn into your home when you have a filthy toilet or decaying food in the kitchen? Yes, it is the bad smell that is inviting them into your house. Even though there are a number of effective pesticides you can use to kill house flies, maintaining good sanitation should be your first line of defence.
Clean your toilet regularly to rid of organic filth, such as urine and faeces, and also make sure all sewerage systems are well-sealed. Throw away any expired food in the lockable waste bin before they become rotten and start attracting flies.
For more help keeping pests out of your house, contact a pest control company.Share
28 March 2017
Hello, my name is Mandi, and although I own a number of pets including my dog, two ferrets and a guinea pig, I am utterly afraid of all non-pet creatures in my house. I hold the guinea pigs as I watch TV, and I sleep with my dog, but the idea of a mouse running through the walls makes me incredibly uncomfortable and tense. Since pests are such a trigger issue for me, I have spent a lot of time researching them. I have learned how to get rid of them, but more importantly, how to get rid of them without bothering or putting my pets in danger. If you are trying to balance the wanted and the unwanted creatures in your home, I hope these posts help!