Warm weather and relaxing summer days are just around the corner. Spring cleaning is the order of the day, getting that fresh, clean feel. Unfortunately, some homeowners looking more closely into corners and cupboards can often unearth some unwelcome visitors that have taken residence over the winter months. Cockroaches, rodents and spiders, in particular, are very active from autumn, looking for warm, humid places to camp out.
Getting Rid Of Pests Who Have Been Cohabiting With You
Calling in an expert is the quickest route to ousting established pests. Pinpoint Environmental uses a three-step method.
- Monitor, then trap or use pesticides to remove the pests and control the situation.
- Ensure the removal of all the droppings and nesting material.
- Pest proofing is put into place to avoid a recurrence.
The Pests We Are Talking About
The pests you want to keep out of your home include
What You Can Do To Keep Pests At Bay
Food debris attracts most pests, so the best way to keep them away is to keep your work surfaces and floors sparkling clean. For example, wipe down kitchen surfaces, pick up or vacuum dropped food, and remove any uneaten pet food.
Check if there are no cracks or crevices and block them up. Look to seal any open areas around doors, windows, utility lines, and in older houses, the drainage holes. Also, check under and on top of your sink outlets. Slugs and cockroaches like to hide in dark, damp places and, at night, wander into your home.
If you see a bug meandering around your home, don’t stamp on it! As much as you want to use a recognised pesticide. Stamping on a bug can spread its eggs far and wide, leading to an even more significant infestation.
Investing in a powerful vacuum cleaner is an excellent idea to make sure any floor crumbs are picked up, and that bed bugs get sucked up. As generally found in beds, Bedbugs can also take up residence in skirting boards and furniture. Regular vacuuming helps prevent bedbugs on floors and mattresses from gaining a permanent home.
Watch out for the pests that travel in on your pets. Fleas bite! The bites cause intense itching that can lead to eczema. To prevent this unpleasantness, treat your pets with flea treatment from the vets and once again use a powerful vacuum in the areas they lie and sleep. Wash pet bedding at least once a fortnight.
Smells can also help keep pests away, especially spiders, try adding peppermint oil to water and spraying your rooms. You can also consider using Neem Oil or Diatomaceous Earth (DE) both are lethal to bugs but harmless to humans, pets and the environment.
Pests are sneaky, so you have to keep alert and be ready to act at the first sign of them inviting themselves into your home. If you happen to live in an area known to have specific pest problems, like London, talking to the experts is well worth your time.