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While you may get comfortable coexisting with these little critters in our homes, you need to say your goodbyes before it takes a toll on your health.
Not just a nuisance, pests are also a real threat to you and your family’s health. Pests not only damage your property but also spread pernicious infections. How do you deal with this problem: by yourself or by hiring a pest control service.
If you want to try to sort things out at first yourself, here are a few tips.
Block the key entrances
First of all, you need to make it difficult for insects to find an entrance to your home. Inspect all your screens for holes, doors, and windows for gaps and carry out repairs and fix stainless steel nets on your windows to prevent flies and mosquitoes from coming in.
Clean your kitchen after every time you cook, for crumbs on your counter or floor, wipe your counters, sweep your floors, put leftovers away immediately and take out the trash regularly. Cleaning AFTER pest control is also very necessary to ensure your house doesn’t get infested again.
Standing water is a big no!
Getting rid of standing water is the first step to preventing mosquitoes. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and an invitation for them to start a family. The same goes for kitchen utensils. Ensure there is absolutely no stagnant water anywhere near or in your house.
Clean your bathroom
Keep your bathrooms clean and dry. Use a toilet cleaner to clean every alternate day, wash the sink weekly, keep the shower curtain dry and free of moss, unclog the drain (if clogged with hair) and is always covered, and keep the buckets dry when not being used.
Maintain the yard
Avoid overgrowth that is perfect for pests and their retreats by regular landscaping, trimming, and weed removal. Prune the plants daily to avoid bushy and wild growth.
Don’t let fruits overripe
Fruits and vegetables, when overripe, attract fruits flies, and you don’t want that headache especially. Keep ripe fruits in the fridge. Overripe vegetables and fruits can even entice bigger and nastier carriers of germs like house flies, ants, and cockroaches which are hard to get rid of.
Termites and Wood!
Don’t give termites a free way into your house. If you store firewood, keep it as far away from your house as five feet minimum distance.
Regular garbage disposal
Throw biodegradable garbage out every 24 hours. Accumulation of litter can cause rodent and cockroach infestation.
Get rid of the things you don’t need
Regular decluttering is as important as any other step. Objects like unwanted boxes, plastic wares, or other old items only serve as a shelter for pests like spiders and cockroaches. If you no longer need something, throw it out.
Keep items of external use outside
Objects that are exclusively meant for gardening purposes shouldn’t be welcomed indoors. Bringing them inside may bring in many unsolicited pests into the house as well.