As there many thousands of pests living in the UK, it can be difficult to write a guide on how to keep your home or property completely pest-free!
However, at AMES our customers’ safety is a paramount concern. We understand the stress and safety worries that come with pest infestations and it’s our job to educate people on the do’s and don’t’s of effective pest removal and safety measures when dealing with pests.
Below are 5 essential steps to follow if you want a pest-proof home!
Clean Up After Yourself
Sounds obvious doesn’t it? Then why do so many people refuse to do it?
Cleaning your kitchen and/or living room after eating is incredibly important if you’re looking to stop pests infiltrating your property. Leftover food is one of the biggest draws for pests because they can smell it from outside your property. No matter how well you insulate and guard your home, pests will find their way in if you’re leaving dirty dishes out for days or even weeks.
The solution? Clean up after yourself! Any crumbs or leftover food that hits the floor also needs to be cleaned. Pests will have no trouble finding the food and hanging around for the next serving if you keep leaving food out.
Here are a few points to take away:
- Make use of food containers
- Clean residue off containers
- Throw away any out of date food in cupboards and fridges – also throw away fruit that has been left out for too long
- Hoover regularly
- Rinse containers before putting them in the recycling bin
2. Give your pets a dining space
Pets are natural carries of pests such as mites, lice and fleas.
Keeping your pets healthy and happy should always be a priority but sometimes it can be difficult to spot whether your pet is bringing in pests. If you suspect your pet does have fleas or a similar pest bugging them, it’s advised that you take them to the vet, or at least wash them with proper lice removal shampoo.
Sometimes it can be a real struggle to stop your pet wandering off and picking up lice that they will eventually bring into your house. However, keeping your garden clean and ensuring the environment you and your pets live in is clean will go a long way to ensuring pests don’t dominate your property or home.
Note: Another point to consider is your pet’s food! Leaving their food out overnight or even for a few days can attract pests. Make sure they eat their food and if there are any spillages, throw them away and mop the surface where it was spilt.
3. Cover Cracks and Gaps
One of the easiest ways for pests to infiltrate your property is through cracks and crevices in your property. These are sometimes unavoidable but they can be managed using the right covering techniques.
Look for openings around your property and once located, fill them with cement, filler or anything that will either trap or bar any pests from entering or exiting.
Doors and windows must also be checked, so be sure to repair any holes or crevices where pests may find their way in. Our team at AMES are specially trained in locating and covering such cracks and crevices – call us on 0330404 1492 for more information on how we can help!
4. Keep a dry home
The vast majority of pests enjoy a moist atmosphere, usually due to the bacteria that can potentially appear. So, if your property suffers with damp, be sure to have this fixed as soon as possible, because not only is it an invitation to pests but it can also cause serious health issues if left for too long.
Check for stains, dripping pipes and cracks that may be letting water residue into your property and get them fixed/sealed. All of these factors will simply encourage pests to make their homes in your property – so get it sorted!
5. Clean up the yard
Although keeping the interior of your property clean and today is important, keeping your garden or outside area pest-proofed is equally as important.
If you’ve left your garden in a state of disarray for a few months over winter, it’s important to address it before the situation gets any worse. Weeds and overgrown shrubbery encourage pest infestation as these environments play to their strengths. Be sure to trim and remove any foliage that has overgrown or might encourage pest habitation.
You might also want to utilise sprays and other types of insecticides if you feel there is a high chance of infestation.
It’s important to remember that pest removal can also be a dangerous and often challenging process. If you feel as though you’re not up to the task, you can always call our friendly staff on 0330404 1492 to get a qualified pest control expert to visit your property.
As always, if you’re worried your property may be as risk from a pest infestation, or you’d like us to remove pests from your property, our staff are always on-hand to help. Contact us through our Contact Page, or call us on 0330404 1492.