So let’s take a trip inside and outside your home to find out what you can do to help control pests this spring.
1 – Roof
A leaking roof provides moisture that insects, particularly termites, love. Cracks and holes in the roof allow pests into your home. Blocked drains are a water source for rodents and can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
If you have overhanging trees, watch for insect nests.
2 – Air Vents
Air vents allow your home to breathe but the holes can also be a walkway straight into your kitchen, lounge, or bedroom. Make sure that you have wire mesh installed over the vents to let the air move, but not pests.
3 – Roof Space
Dark, warm, rarely used. It’s no wonder insects and pests like hanging out in the roof void. Swap items in cardboard, a favourite food of many insects, for plastic and keep more pests out. Watch out for termite activity in beams, rafters, and any boards.
4 – Bedroom
We all like a warm and cozy bedroom and insects are no different. Make sure the flyscreens are secure and there are no gaps in the skirting boards or to outside walls. Vacuum carpets and rugs regularly to remove dust mites, moth eggs, and bed bugs. Wash bedding at 60 Celsius to destroy larvae and eggs. Make sure papers and books are tidy to deter cockroaches, silverfish, and termites.
When you come home from holidays, wash all of your clothes, air your luggage and reduce the risk of bringing home bed bugs.
5 – Windows
An open window is a welcome sign to many unwelcome guests, including pests. Make sure your flyscreens are secure and gap and tear free.
Additionally, you may want to keep your windows clothes when insects are swarming. Insects like bees and termites can be incredibly persistent and will squeeze through the smallest gaps.
6 – Doors
While an open window is inviting, insects can walk right under most doors. A regular pest control treatment will stop them in their tracks but a well sealed door is a good back up defence.
Gardens are the natural home of most pests. Keep their home as tidy as possible by removing any food or water sources and tidy up or remove places where they can hide.
Keep your garden clear of piles of wood, leaves, and buckets or open sources of standing water.
8 – Garage
Garages are places, much like the roof, that things become out of sight and out of mind. There are normally lots of boxes and that means lots of food, nesting places, and hidey holes.
Keep any items in plastic boxes. Regularly check around doors, windows, and vents for holes; pay particular attention to garages that lead straight inside the home.
Make sure the garage is kept dry to deter termites.
9 – Kitchen
Kitchens are one big food and water source. The best way to keep them pest free is to keep them clean. That includes emptying bins, cleaning up spills, wiping down benches, cleaning under appliances, emptying uneaten pet food, and keeping food in plastic rather than cardboard.
10 – Bins
Bins smell. That’s a great calling card to pests. Make sure your bins have tight fitting lids and that all waste goes inside the bin.
All of these tips will help deter insects and other household pests. The best way to keep your home safe from pests is to use proven pest control methods such as termite baiting, rodent baiting, and insect and spider sprays. All of these are services MD Pest Control can provide. Click through to our booking service to secure your spot and your home. Alternatively, call Michael directly and leave a message about booking him in.