We all deal with pests at home, indoors and out. With a little help we can find alternative solutions to control pests at home. Pests seek out our homes as they need the food and shelter. By understanding the conditions that give pests an opportunity to survive and thrive, you will be better prepared to develop an action plan to remove or limit these conditions, making your home less attractive to them. |
Pests tend to enjoy our homes because the conditions there are more than suitable for them to survive and thrive. They can find food, there are lots of places to hide and they don't have to worry about the numerous natural predators they would otherwise face outside.
Most pests are attracted by debris from human or animal activities and the shelter our homes offer. The first priority for effective pest prevention is to understand your adversary. The goal is to identify and seal pest entry points, eliminate sources of food, establish good housekeeping habits.
Good Housekeeping Habits: Making Your Place Hostile to Pests
The following list provides tips on what you can do to make your apartment a less desirable residence for pests:
* Wipe counters, tables and other eating surfaces after meals and snacks. * Avoid leaving dirty dishes overnight; if you need to do so, rinse the dishes first. If you must soak a pot overnight, fill it with hot, soapy water. * Avoid leaving dirty dishes in a dishwasher overnight. * Wipe stove top and burners every night. * Rinse cans and bottles before recycling. * Clean food spills promptly, especially on carpets and furniture. * Put garbage and compost in containers with lids and dispose frequently. * Store food in sealed containers or in refrigerator. * Keep cupboards tidy and clean. * Store paper bags in cupboard or drawer away from kitchen; don't stuff in space beside refrigerator. * Use bathroom fan or open window for half an hour after every bath or shower to reduce humidity. * Empty your dog's or cat's water bowl at night and fill it again in the morning. Empty and wash pet food dishes daily. * Clean your apartment frequently and thoroughly to remove dust and insect by-products. * Improve ventilation to reduce humidity and eliminate damp areas. * Clean hard-to-clean areas regularly; pull out refrigerators, stoves, microwaves and other appliances. Clean and vacuum behind, beside and under appliances. * Don't let water stand in houseplant dishes or in pan under refrigerator. * Check water faucets for leaks and ensure plumbing under kitchen or bathroom sinks is not leaking. * Caulk gaps around sinks and tubs to prevent water from entering walls.
Despite good house-keeping, there may be instances where a pest infestation cannot be prevented, and as such the services of a Pest Control Contractor may be necessary to tackle the problem. There are many companies who offer pest control services, so you need to be satisfied that the contractor you choose is competent and safe.
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