It sounds cliché, the title, but it’s true that the best way to control a pest problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. It might seem like a lot of work, but it will save you a lot of trouble – not having to deal with a pest infestation.
Pestrol suggests that pests are not only a nuisance to have in your home, but they will cause a host of other problems too:
- Spreading diseases. Pests are capable of spreading numerous diseases to your household. They can either do this directly through bites or indirectly through contamination of surfaces or consumption or inhalation of excretes.
- Not all pests bite, but those that do can cause you restless days when they invade your home. Some might be poisonous tooposing a risk to your family’s wellbeing.
- Damaging property.A pest infestation will in most cases result in significant property damage. The damages from pests could cost quite a bit to repair once they have been done.
- Triggering allergies. Some pests will trigger allergic reactions in some individuals – sometimes with deadly consequences. Allergies can be triggered through stings or through contact or inhalation with/of the allergen.
Keeping pests out
To ensure that pests stay out of your home, there are several preventive measures that you can take.
- Maintain cleanliness and tidiness
Having a clean and tidy home is one of the sure ways of avoiding a pest infestation. Dirt and clutter provide suitable conditions for pests to thrive as there is ready food and shelter.
Mop or vacuum your floors regularly to get rid of food crumbs that might have fallen down. Pay particular attention to your kitchen as this is where most food messes will happen. Ensure to clean soups, sauces, and beverages that spill on tables, countertops or the floor immediately to keep the house free of food sources.
Your trash should also be kept in covered garbage cans and taken out before it starts rotting. The stench and the food will attract pests such as flies, fruit flies, rodents, and cockroaches.
Dirty dishes should be done as soon as possible and never left in the sink overnight. If you don’t want to do your dishes right away, make sure to rinse them and put them in the dishwasher.
- Store your food properly
Stored food should be kept in covered containers to ensure pests do not get access to it. Containers made of glass or metal are most ideal as they cannot be breached by larger pests such as rodents. Fruits should also be refrigerated when possible as the ripening fruit will attract a number of pests in search of food.
- Prevent Pest Access
Cover/protect all openings that could provide access to pests to prevent infestations. Inspect your home for holes and gaps in both the inner and outer walls and cover them. Caulking can be used to seal the holes on walls.
Also, ensure to screen your doors and windows as well as your low decks. Installing doorsweeps on exterior doors will also ensure that pests do not squeeze in through the gap beneath your door. Vents and chimneys should also be screened using wire mesh.
- Reduce the humidity in your house
Most pests, insects in particular, love humid environments. Ensure your home’s humidity is kept low by fixing leaky roofs, leaking pipes and faucets; and by using a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low. An added advantage of keeping your house dry is preventing water damage which could lead to expensive repairs.
- Look after your pet
Pets will sometimes bring pests into the house including ticks and fleas. These will cause discomfort to both you and your pet so ensure that you inspect your animal companion regularly for pests and take preventive measure to ensure they are not infested by pests.
These measures will help reduce the chances of a pest infestation in your home. But even so, keep an eye out for pest signs so that you can catch and eradicate pest infestations early before they cause any damage.