Each of us dreads un-welcomed guests and having to square up with the most un-welcomed guests, that is, pests or rodents in our house, can be the worst nightmare. These creatures should be kept at bay from not only our house, but also our surroundings.
Along-with the option of calling pest control professionals, there are a number of DIY methods to prevent infestations of these creatures. Spotting even a single pest (like cockroaches, lizards, bugs, spiders etc) or even a single rodent (like a rat/mouse) should be taken seriously and quick action should be taken in order to prevent any diseases.
A few top tips to keep pests and rodents out of your home are-
1. Repair your doors and windows: Pests can wiggle into your home through cracks or gaps in your windows, doors and walls. Hence, you should carefully examine/inspect the doors and windows of your home and repair any immediately. You must also inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks or crevices, through which pests could enter and they should be repaired on an urgent basis.
2. Seal any gaps or openings:
It is pertinent to check for foundation cracks, loose sidings, gaps around utility lines, pipes, electric and cable wiring. If you find any cracks or gaps, seal them with materials like copper mesh, steel wood, metal sheet etc. Take professional help, if required. However, do not delay your action against the pests and rodents.
3. Cleanliness is the key:
It is extremely important to keep the house clean, from inside as well as from the outside. Yards, patios, garages and decks must be cleaned regularly to get rid of any litter, weeds or standing water. Debris or spills, on which pests or rodents can feed themselves, must be removed regularly. Waste inside the house must be cleaned daily and foodstuffs must not be kept scattered inside the house. If you are unable to fully close the opened bags and boxes, then you must store such foodstuffs in re-sealable bags or containers. Also, one must use older foods first and must dispose off stale and expired food products.
4. Coloured lights:
One lesser known fact is that bulbs/ lights having pink, yellow or orange tints, attract less flying insects as compared to others. Also, try placing lights a bit far away from the entrance. However, you must make sure that the light shines towards your door, for safety purposes.
5. Keep the drains clean:
Floor drains, roof drains as well as sinks must be kept clean. Accumulated debris or standing water is an ideal breading location for insects and pests. They can cause a number of dangerous diseases. You must also look for any leakages and must repair them at the earliest.
6. Trim your plants:
Maintaining the health of your garden is another important aspect in preventing infestations of any pests or rodents. Also, you must use more rock or stone towards your house, instead of a green cover. This will prevent insects or pests from scattering near the walls or entrance of your home.
You must take these measures on an immediate basis. However, if you still notice even a single rodent, cockroach or any other insect crawling into your home, do not waste any time and call for a professional pest controller. His services might be a little expensive, but he will help you determine the depth of your problem and will establish enough measures to minimize the chances of re-infestations. Its always better to be safe than sorry.
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