With the huge increase in people working from home due to the recent global rise of Coronavirus and the restrictions being put into place as a result such as self-isolation, it’s more important than ever to ensure you take proper measures to ensure you stop the spread of pests in your home. Not only can they be a major disruption to your productivity, but they can also cause damage to your home and bring in various disease to the household. It doesn’t take much for a pest situation to spiral out of control as many household pests are actually nocturnal, meaning you aren’t as likely to come across them in the initial stages of their infestation. By the time you realise there is an issue, you likely have a very serious problem on your hands. To help stop this spread, We thought it would be a good idea to share a few easy tips to help prevent pests.
1) Keep the place clean
This may seem obvious, but in our years of experience, you’d be surprised how often we come across this issue. It’s important to keep both the house and the yard clean and tidy. By doing this you leave nowhere for pests to live and breed, and this, in turn, reduces the number of pests you have. Ensure you regularly clean all the floors, benches and cupboards to ensure they are free of any food scraps or spills. Also clean behind regularly missed spots such as behind stoves, refrigerators and other household appliances or furniture. In your yard, it’s important to trim tree branches which hang over the house as well as removing any branches or bushes that have contact with the gutters, roof or outside walls. Pests use these to get inside your home.
2) Proper storage and disposal of food
We all know we need to properly clean up after meals. It’s important! Be sure to wash and dry your plates, cups, glasses, cutlery as well as cooking pots completely or run them through the dishwasher to ensure there are no remnants of food remaining. Be sure to wrap up all your food scraps tightly in a plastic or paper bag before putting them into the bin and ensure all other rubbish goes into the bin as well. Ensure any leftover food is stored in airtight containers. By doing this, you cut off the pests food sources.
3) Seal the gaps!
Pests can squeeze through the tiniest of gaps in your household such as in walls or cupboards. It’s important to seal holes around piping and other systems which contain lots of moisture as it’s a hotspot for pests to nest. Be sure to use a gap sealer to prevent them from being able to squeeze their way through. Also, keep your flyscreens closed to stop pests from entering the house.
These are fairly straightforward methods, but they are very easy to miss. With more people self-isolating in their homes, it’s more important than ever to master these basics. With this said, these methods are not effective over the long term. They are a good deterrent of pests, but you are still likely to succumb to a pest problem eventually, making regular professional pest control still a necessity to every household.
At Hitman, our pest control technicians are trained to manage household pests. We use professional-grade pest control products that are the most effective against pests. We are flexible with our appointment times so that we are able to work around you and your needs. We not only offer our service to homes but also a wide array of commercial businesses including clubs, offices, factories, medical and dental practises, schools, child care centres, universities, hospitals, airports, restaurants and food franchises.