Understanding Why Pests Get Attracted To Your Property
Rodents and insects are attracted to our homes because their basic needs are very similar to that of humans and they seek shelter, food and water. While pest control companies use various non-chemical and chemical methods for controlling pests, the best way to mitigate the problem is to adopt preventive pest control measures. You can do this by reducing the easy availability of foods and other items that attract them and allow them to survive.
Of course, there are a number of items that we can’t get rid of altogether in our home because they are essential for us as well; however, there are certain steps we can take to limit the amount of water, shelter and food that are attracting these pests.
Limit easy access to food
- The very first step is to understand which foods these pests are attracted to; it’s important to keep in view that even small food crumbs lying around the ground are more than enough to feed a large number of insects.
- Pests are attracted to any unsealed or unopened foods; in fact, there are times when especially destructive pests like rats will actually gnaw their way through sealed food cartons as well. This is why it’s best to stock unopened cereal and biscuit boxes in cabinets rather than on open shelves in your kitchen or pantry.
- Do not leave any fruits or baked goods sitting around on your kitchen counter.
- Pests are also attracted to garbage; mop, sweep and vacuum your kitchen flooring regularly, clean in all the corners and under counters to ensure there are no crumbs lying around.
- Once you are done preparing and eating meals, thoroughly clean all the tables and counters, wiping away all crumbs and spills, getting rid of leftovers and washing all the dishes instead of leaving them lying overnight in the kitchen sink.
- Once you pet has finished eating, don’t leave the bowl sitting out on the floor.
- Store all foods in air-tight containers.
Prevent them from getting into your home
Many people believe that pests are more likely to look for shelter from the sweltering heat of the summer; and wonder why they find pests in door spaces even in winter time. During winter, many pests seek warmth from the cooler outdoor atmosphere.
In the drier season, they head for indoor spaces in search of water and during monsoons, they look for dry places to nest and breed in. In short, your home becomes the ideal shelter for a variety of pests, during different seasons of the year. This is why you should do your best to pest-proof your home by:
- Sealing all the visible crevices and cracks; and don’t ignore the small cracks and fissures you notice on the foundation walls either. It may seem unlikely that any pest would be able to get through these miniature spaces, but ants, termites, garden bugs, spiders and cockroaches can make their way through the smallest of cracks and infest your home.
- You should also keep the doors shut when not in use and make sure that the seals on windows are doors are tight.
- Check screen doors for holes and repair them without delay.
- Empty all the garbage cans regularly.
- Fix leaking taps and pipes as the moisture attracts a variety of pests.
- Remove all stagnating rainwater in your yard and garden areas as these become the perfect breeding spot for mosquitoes.
If you find any pest infestation on your property this winter, call Emblem Pest Services at this number – 1800 244 778. We provide high-grade, residential and commercial pest control services across Sydney, at very competitive pricing.
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