No-one likes to share their home with bugs or pests. The reality is that if you spot one, there are likely to be many. Pests are not only unwelcome visitors; they are a potential health hazard to you and your family. They are unclean and spread disease. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent them taking up residence in your home.
Getting rid of rats and other rodents can be unpleasant unless you enlist the help of an expert. So prevention is much better than dealing with their removal. If you spot signs of rodents, it is important to act quickly to prevent a larger infestation.
Keep your home, garage, and outbuildings free from clutter. The less clutter, the harder it is for them to hide. The same is true for the garden. Clear away any rubbish and debris. If you feed the birds, ensure you use secure canisters. This will avoid seed and other food from spilling onto the ground. Bird food and pet food can attract rodents.
Seal any holes that could be potential entry points. Rats and squirrels, etc. are good climbers, so don’t just check at ground level. Cut back any tree branches that are close to your house. They should be at least 10 feet away.
When putting out the garbage, ensure bin lids are closed securely. This will prevent rodents from feeling from your waste.
Clean your home thoroughly on a regular basis. Play close attention to the kitchen. Rats, mice, and other pests need to eat. Therefore, they may be attracted to spilled food, etc. Transfer food into glass or metal containers wherever possible. This will prevent unwanted guests from accessing it, and it will keep your kitchen tidy.
Bed bugs tend to enter your home on your clothes, luggage, or other items. So if you stay away from home in a hotel, etc., there are several precautions you can take to prevent them hitching a ride. As soon as you check in, put your luggage and belongings in the bathroom. Bedbugs are least likely to be found in there. You can then check for signs of bed bugs. Check in the bed and under that sheets. Bed bugs often congregate in the corner of mattresses. Check under the mattress and behind the headboard. You should also check for small bloodstains. Also, check the areas around the bed.
For the duration of your stay, avoid leaving items on the floor. This makes it easier for bugs to access clothing etc. Always keep bags on tables and surfaces. Zip suitcases and place them on luggage racks.
For extra protection, you can keep your suitcase in a zip-up bag. Some people use these for travel too.
Despite your best efforts, if you do find you have bed bugs in your own home, you should contact a local pest control company. They will remove the infestation.
There are several steps you can take to prevent all kinds of bugs and pests entering your home.
- Look for potential entry points and block them
- Take extra precautions when staying away from home and avoid bringing them back with you
- Keep your home clean, tidy and free from clutter
- Don’t leave food lying around
- Place open food in jars and canisters
- Keep kids safe from mosquitoes, ticks, and other bugs
Prevention is always better than having to deal with an infestation. However, if this occurs, make sure you call the exterminators straight away.