There are few things worse than discovering that you have pests residing inside your home. Homeowners view their houses as a place where they can relax and be comfortable, but if you have wasps, rats or birds living under the floorboards, roof and in other nooks and crannies, that peace of mind can quickly go. Controlling pests and keeping them out of your home isn’t easy, and once they are in, it’s even more difficult to get rid of them. Pest management certainly can be difficult, but with the right knowledge and a few helpful tips, you’ll have a good starting point.
Keep your home dry and clean
If your home is messy and often very damp, you’re much more likely to attract pests. Failing to clean up in the kitchen and other areas where food is often dropped won’t do you any favours when trying to keep rodents, insects and other animals away. If there is food and water available in your home, you’ll be a prime target for the pests in your area, and they’re more likely to come and live in your home than one of your tidier and cleaner neighbours.
You can keep on top of cleaning your house by ensuring you empty the bins on a daily basis, throw away old food and hoover/mop at least two or three times a week.
Get rid of cracks and possible entries
While it’s much easier for insects and smaller animals to get through tiny cracks in your home, it’s a lot more difficult for the larger creatures to enter your house. You can use silicone and other substances to seal up any passages that you think might provide an entryway for pests. Call a pest control company if you think you might be encouraging pests to your home but you aren’t quite sure how to do a DIY job.
Use safe pesticides
If you do have pests and you’re attempting to get rid of them, always make sure that you do it in a safe manner. There are many pesticides which are dangerous to both animals and humans, and you could find that using too much of it puts you and other members of the household in danger. Always read the instructions so that you know exactly how much of the substance you need to use, and avoid using it too often throughout the day.