How Do You Stop A Pest Infestation
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Are you looking for information about how to stop a pest infestation? We look at the top tips for preventing a pest infestation in your home or business.
Top Tips To Prevent Pest Infestation
There are a vast amount of pests, and the most common pests are bugs. These pests can leave dropping all over your home and carry different diseases. Keeping your home clean is a great way to prevent bugs infesting your property, but it is not always possible to keep your house bug or pest-free.
Firstly, what you need to do is work out which bugs keep frequenting your property. Then before you call a Pest Controller, you might want to consider some of the preventative measures listed below, some prevention tips for getting rid of pests.
Block All Cracks And Gaps
One of the most accessible access points for pests to gain entry are gaps in your doors and windows.
If your windows are the type that has screens, check for any loose wires or holes. Inspect the trims of your windows and doors and if any are rotted, replace that section.
Another option is to fit a door sweep to close any possible entry points for small rodents and bugs.
Ensure Gardens Are Well-maintained
If you have fruit trees in your garden, they can attract different pests and flies, significantly fallen fruit, which can attract rodents as well as bugs. If you have a pond in your garden, standing water can also attract pests and be a source of water for rodents to drink from.
Keep Gutters And Drains Cleaned And Repaired
It is always a good idea to regularly inspect and maintain your home's exterior. Loose guttering and rotted fascia boards can become a great entry point for pests.
Squirrels, rats and mice have been known to look for accessible spots that they can gnaw in order to enter your property. Repair any damage and always keep your guttering clean to prevent attracting bugs and insects.
Keep Things Clean
Pests want shelter and a source of food so, when you accidentally leave a few crumbs on the floor, you are encouraging them into your house.
Always make sure that food and drink are stored in secure containers as far away from the ground as you can. Regularly take out your rubbish; this will help avoid fruit flies as well as other pests.
If you recycle food containers, make sure they are washed thoroughly before you dispose of them. Foodstuffs attract flies, which lay eggs and produce maggots. Nobody wants to open their bins to find hundreds of larvae crawling about.
Cover Roof Vents And Chimneys
Not every opening in your property requires covering. Chimneys and flues need to have some protection from the infestation of pests. It is best to cover vents with a fine mesh cover; for chimneys and flues, you can either use a chimney cap or wire mesh.
Remove Clutter From Your House
Bugs and pests will enter your home to look for shelter, food and water. By removing any clutter and keeping your home clean, you will minimise the risk of a pest infestation. Vacuum your carpets regularly and steam clean or mop all hard floors.
It would be best if you kept your kitchen area clean, and any foodstuffs dropped should be cleaned immediately. Try and keep all foods in sealed containers. If you have a garage, remove all waste paper, card and old magazines and newspapers; these items can quickly become a breeding ground for insects and pests.
Pests To Look Out For
Ants are renowned for being experts at scavenging and can easily find the smallest crumb of food.
Queen ants can survive for many years and can reproduce millions of babies during their lifetime. Ants like to live in large colonies; they are attracted to damp, warm places like heating systems, under floors and walls.
Ants also like to build their nests in the soil, near the plants in your garden and along paving.
You can find Bed Bugs worldwide, so when travelling, you need to look out for them in hotels, apartments, buses and trains.
They like to make a home in your bed because they are so small they can hide in the seams of mattresses, headboards, clothing and behind wallpaper. Bed Bugs are easily transported in our luggage when we travel.
Apart from building their nests in trees, birds will also nest in the eaves of our homes on ledges and flat roofs and near to a water source.
Birds are renowned for leaving their mark through their droppings. If you want to keep your property and garden as bird free as possible, you should avoid feeding them.
Fleas are parasites and will live in the hair of animals and humans. They feast on blood, and
They infest multiple areas in homes, especially carpets, rugs, cushions, mattresses and the bedding of our pets. They can also transmit diseases such as typhus.
Rats and Mice
These rodents will burrow and make their homes in our properties. They can gnaw through wood, plaster, plastic pipework.
Rats and mice will often cause copious amounts of damage to our properties by chewing through electrical wires. They will leave their droppings around our homes, and the sign of these indicates you have rats or mice present.
These pests are almost invisible dust mites that are most often found inside homes. They get their food from shedding human skin flakes, pollen, bacteria and fungi.
You might notice patches of small, red bumps on your skin as well as respiratory problems, including sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy or watery eyes, a cough, wheezing and difficulty breathing.
There is nothing more annoying than flies in your home; they breed and feed in filth, including bins and rubbish, animal faeces, and rotting food.
They will pick up bacteria and carry and spread many harmful diseases.
Although most people are scared of spiders and they can be found everywhere, they are in the majority of cases completely harmless and are beneficial to other infestations; spiders will eat other insects.
Are you experiencing a pest infestation in the Stevenage or surrounding Hertfordshire areas?
If you are worried that your home or the exterior of your home has a bug or pest problem or infestation we can help.