It’s often the case that you don’t realize you have a pest problem until it’s more like an infestation. That’s because pests are experts at staying hidden, it usually takes a professional pest control expert to spot the signs of a pest problem.
Of course, once you have an issue you’ll have the option of trying to get rid of them yourself, or you can get professional help. This is likely to be the fastest route and probably the most effective. In case this happens you can, and should find out more about your local service.
Of course, prevention is always better than cure. Use the following tips to keep your pest home free:
The first thing you need to do is remove the temptation for pests. They need food and water to survive. Clean all your surfaces after you prepare food, put open food packets in sealed containers, and wash all dirty dishes straight away.
This will remove the food supply for most pests.
But, you also need to eliminate moisture and water.
Leaking taps, pet drink bowls, and glasses left on the side are all attractive to an array of pests, as well as a great breeding place for mosquitoes.
Clear away all standing water to help keep the pests away.
In addition, it’s a good idea to make sure the area under your home is well ventilated. This will prevent the air from getting too humid, which will be attractive to many pests. Simply allowing dry, fresh air into the space will push the moist air out.
It’s time to look both inside and outside your home. Clutter is anything that’s not used regularly, it provides a hiding spot for pests.
If you head outside you’ll find your wood pie attracts an array of pests, including termites. If you need a woodpile make sure it’s as far away from the house as possible.
You should also eliminate any soil against the house, a concrete edging of between 6-12” will prevent termites from getting to the foundations of your home, potentially saving you a lot of money and hassle.
Check The Outside
It is vital that you look around the outside of your home for any gaps or cracks, these are all potential entrance points for pests. Pay particular attention to the area around your doors and windows.
If you find any gas seal them up immediately.
While you’re outside you should make sure any trees and bushes near your home are trimmed, branches running up to the walls or over the roof of your house provide excellent roadways for pests to get to the upper reaches of your home.
If during your preventative steps you see any signs of a pest infestation it’s a good idea to get the experts into check it further. They’ll be able to resolve the issue and give you extra tips in sealing your house up, to prevent pests from getting in.
After all, it’s you paying the mortgage, not them.