DIY Pest Control Infographic
Maintaining a Pest Free Home
We don’t call them pests for nothing; mice, roaches, flies, fleas, and even rats can come into your home and be a huge disruption. They eat away at your woodwork and wires, can cause itching for you, your family, and pets, and are just general nuisances. They can even spread disease and be a major problem for the health of your family. Whether you have been noticing an abnormal number of pests in your home recently, or simply want to take preventative measures against an infestation, there are plenty of things that you can do on your own to prevent an excess number of pests.
- Cleaning in and around the home
- Check taps and plumbing
- Use Eco-Friendly solutions, baits and traps
See the infographic below on how to perform basic DIY pest control for your home this year:
Cleaning around the house
Maintaining a clean home is the first step in pest prevention. You may want to consider starting off your pest control plan by doing a completely thorough deep clean of your entire house. Once you have done that, it is important to maintain that level of cleanliness. Disposing of your garbage frequently and regularly gives you a huge step up when it comes to keeping your home free of pests. These creatures are attracted to garbage and filth as it provides them with a source of food. Try to use eco-friendly cleaning materials when possible, both for the benefit of the environment and to keep you, your family, and pets from getting very ill.
It is important to make sure that your pets aren’t responsible for bringing pests into your home. Fleas and ticks are attracted to the long hair on dogs and outdoor cats, and once they bring these pests in, they can be very difficult to get rid of. If your animals are frequently outside, consider getting them a flea collar and changing it regularly, as per the manufacturer’s instructions. At the first sign of fleas on your cat or dog, immediately seek a flea bath by a trained professional.
Check Taps & Plumbing
Plumbing is an often overlooked area when it comes to preventing pest invasions. Pests thrive in areas that are moist. If you have any leaking pipes, it would be prudent to have them repair as soon as possible. Keeping your pipes clean is also an important step in preventing pests from entering your home. Flies like to lay eggs in drains that have food or other junk stuck in them. These drain flies are an incredible nuisance and very difficult to get rid of once they have arrived.
Custom Pest Control
If you repeatedly have problems with a specific type of pest, or know that you are more susceptible to some than others, there are things you can do to prevent each pest specifically. For example, preventing ants is generally as easy as keeping your food stored properly and sealed when not in use. If you already have ants in your home you can create a trap using sugar and borax, or by wiping away ants with a soapy cloth. If you are having a spider problem, on the other hand, you may need to place items with certain scents around your home. Mice can be one of the most difficult pests to get rid of once they are already in your home. You may need to hire a professional pest control company for their removal.
By using these basic steps you can successfully prevent a pest infestation this season.