With COVID-19 still looming over us, there is a greater emphasis on taking better care of our health. As.much as possible, we’re all encouraged to always wash our hands thoroughly and keep our surroundings neat and sanitized to keep harmful germs, bacteria, and viruses away.
Now, more than ever, we need to protect our homes and offices from pests that could cause sicknesses and diseases that will compromise our immune system.
Simple Hacks to Keep Pests Away from Your Property
Pests are a pesky problem to have at home. Once there is an infestation, they’re harder to get rid of, so instead of merely reacting to the situation, it is best to go on the offensive against them.
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Hack #1: Keep your kitchen spotless
If there’s one thing pests, especially rats and roaches, are attracted to, it’s unattended or leftover food. No matter how minimal, traces of food like sauce spills or crumbs are enough to draw these pests out. So make sure to clean your kitchen — countertops, sink, cabinets, table, and other surfaces — after each use. Avoid leaving dirty dishes and used pots and pans in the sink. Wash them immediately after and wipe all surfaces clean and dry.
Hack #2: And your bathroom, too
Generally, when it comes to pest prevention tips, bathrooms aren’t always included. Although it is a small room that’s not used as often as other parts of the house, neglecting your bathrooms can also lead to an infestation. Clean it at least twice a week and make sure that the drains are clog-free to prevent standing water and moss buildup.
Hack #3: Get rid of stagnant water
Mosquitoes are one of the most notorious pests in any household or office space. They thrive in moist, damp areas, especially where there’s stagnant water. Get rid of any standing water. Take time to go around the property to see any plumbing leaks and immediately repair the ones you spot.
If you own a small pond or water fountain, make sure that you regularly clean them and replace the water. Keeping your surroundings clean and dry will help prevent mosquitoes from making a nest on your property.
Hack #4: Properly store fruits and veggies
As mentioned earlier, roaches and rats are notorious for going after exposed food, as are ants and fruit flies, even if they are harmless. Keep fruits and veggies properly stored and dispose of the rubbish once you’re done eating.
Hack #5: Give your garden some TLC
Pests aren’t just limited to insects and rats. Even rodents like squirrels and slightly bigger animals like raccoons can also be a nuisance to one’s property. Often, they hide in bushes and overgrowth, just waiting for the right time to snack on your plants. Give your garden some much-needed love and attention. Trim your trees and bushes so that they barely have any place to hide. Rake the leaves and throw away twigs and other debris to keep your garden attractive and pest-free.
Hack #6: Waste management is key
Proper waste disposal is key to a pest-free property. Make sure the lids of all trash cans and bins are closed tight to prevent rodents and other stray animals from making a mess of your garbage. The more mess they make, the more pests are attracted. And the more pests in your place, the greater the chances of getting germs and bacteria on you.
Hack #7: Take time to inspect the screens on your doors and windows
One of the simplest ways to keep insects and rodents out is to restrict their access to your house or office. A screen is often used to cover windows, doors, and other openings to keep unwanted pests from coming indoors. Regularly check all your windows and doors to see if any repairs need to be made on them. This doesn’t just apply to screens but also to broken glass. If you see any holes that allow pests access into your home, do something about it immediately.
When all else fails, it’s time to call in the big boys. Always have the contact information of one of your local exterminators for heavy-duty jobs.
It’s fairly easy to keep pests away from your property. It doesn’t really take a rocket scientist to figure out that cleanliness and proper maintenance are the main solutions to pest problems. As long as you keep things clean and orderly, you will reduce the chances of an infestation in your home or office.