Sharing is a noble attribute in one’s character, but sharing your home with pests is certainly not a commendable act. The pests can infest literally everywhere, it can be a huge duplex flat or apartments or a bungalow. The pests are like the humans in the fact that they also need the basic human requirements to survive. They need proper temperature conditions, water and food to thrive, and your home seem to be perfect for them. They enter your home through various entrance points that you may not be aware of. Wondering what you can do to prevent pest infestation at home?
There may be different types of pest infestation, and irrespective of the type of pest, all of them share a common trait, they are all unhygienic and annoying and hence we must prevent pest infestation at any cost. Most common pests include spiders, cockroaches, bedbugs, ants, mosquitoes, termites and, fleas and we are going to see how we can stop these pests from infesting.
Once infested, you may have to use professional pest control services to get rid of pests and hence its better to prevent pest infestation in the first place. Here in this post, I am sharing some of the best ways to prevent pest infestation at home.
Tips to prevent pest infestation at home
It is always better to be safe than sorry. It is better to prevent pest infestation that struggling in getting rid of these pests once infested. It’s better to take the proper precautions to stop the pests from entering your house, rather than allowing them to enter your home in the first place. There are some preventive measures that you can take to prevent the pests from infesting your home. Let’s have a look.
Clean the home regularly
Sweeping, mopping, vacuum cleaning, all these are essential in order to keep the home clean and tidy. Food particles sprinkled here and there attract pests and rodents. So cleaning the home regularly will not attract the pests. The pests feel comfortable in dirty and unhygienic environments, so if the home is clean, then the pests will not be tempted to dwell in your home.
The clothes, bed sheets, bed covers, cushion covers, mattresses, rugs, carpets, all these things must be washed well, and you can use lukewarm water and the soap for this purpose. The bed bugs and the fleas often find their habitats in your clothes, so you must keep these clean. You can also beat the carpets and the rugs under the sun, with a stick, following the age old traditional method.
Keep the foods covered
Do not keep the foods open, as the smell attracts the insects like ants and cockroaches. The roaches carry harmful diseases with them, so they are highly capable of polluting your foods. If you find any soft mushy fruits or vegetables, or some food items on the verge of rotting, then you must throw them immediately in the garbage. Seal all the jars and the containers where you have kept the foods.
Wash the utensils
After the dinner is over, you store the unwashed utensils in the sink to be washed in the next day. The unwashed utensils like plates and the dishes with food crumbs on them stay in the sink the whole night. The night is a party time for the roaches, they find the strong smell of the foods and there is also darkness around. So, party times, they jolly well enjoy the food crumbs on your dishes, thus infesting them.
Empty the garbage can
If the garbage can or the trashcan is full, then you must empty it immediately. The garbage can has many organic and inorganic wastes, thus the hotbed for all kinds of organisms. The wastes also attract the pests, and when they are done with the waste, they plan to invade your home for some more delicacies.
Some useful plants
There are certain plants that can repel the pests and the insects like the neem, tulsi, eucalyptus, lavender, citronella grass, marigolds, and mint. You can have these plants in your garden, or you can also keep them indoors near the windows, thus repelling the insects naturally. You can use the extracts, and spray them time to time in your home, for example, lavender extracts, or the mint extracts. You can store them in a spray bottle, and apply them frequently to keep the creatures at bay.
Get rid of the weeds
If you have a garden, then you must trim the place frequently. Do not allow any weeds or any unwanted bushes in your garden, as this attracts pests, rodents and also other harmful creatures like snakes.
Seal all the holes and the cracks
The pests are the tiny pesky creatures, and they need small spaces to enter your homes. If there are any tiny holes, cracks or crevices anywhere, then you must seal them immediately.
These are some of the most effective ways to prevent pests from infesting your home. Keep your home clean and hygienic, because you can avoid many diseases just by keeping these pests away from your home. Now that you have read my article, I hope you have some ideas of how to keep the unwanted guests away from your home. Try these preventive measures and yourself and share the tips with others too!