It’s frustrating when rodents, bats, birds, squirrels and insects find their way into the home uninvited. It’s hard to keep them out, and it’s often a mystery as to how they’re getting into the home in the first place. Here are a few DIY tips on the basics of pest control and what you can do to prevent it from happening.
Professional pest control services can also give good expert advice, so if you have a problem that you cannot resolve yourself, be sure to call in the pest control services.
Keep everything clean and tidy
Pay attention to cleaning your rooms, especially the kitchen and dining area, because food often equals infestation. Make sure to remove any crumbs or food, and regularly empty the bins and clear away rubbish.
Be sure to regularly check your loft and any openings in all areas of the home. These openings may be exposed to the outdoors, which is way that pests can enter the house and cause disruption. Make a note of any potential openings, and make sure to seal them up as soon as possible. Look for obvious holes and pet evidence, such as nests, stains and droppings.
Understand the health risks
Pests can bring damage to your health, not just the home. Pests could be roaming free in the home, possibly spreading disease within a matter of weeks, sometimes even days. Mice for example pose little to no threat, as opposed to bats whose droppings can have serious detrimental health effects. Make sure to remember: the more serious the health risk, the faster you need to act!
Set and inspect traps
In areas where pest activity is present, set down some traps and monitor the situation. Glue traps are good for trapping rodents like mice and rats, and larger cage traps are good for capturing squirrels or slightly larger pests.
Traps aren’t the be-all-and-end-all sadly, you need to lay traps down on a regular basis and make sure to check bait often as dead rodents can attract insects – and then you’ll have another infestation on your hands!
Ventilation is key
Pests love damp spots, so it’s important to keep the home well ventilated and dry to prevent pests from reproducing. Ventilation encourages pests to move on, so it’s a good thing to try if you think you have an insect problem in the house.
Professional pest control services can also give good expert advice, so if you have a problem that you cannot resolve yourself, be sure to call in some pest control experts.