Saturday, June 15, 2019

Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Pests Free this Summer


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Rainy days has started in this part of the world where I live. But in the Northern hemisphere, it's summer. So if you are wondering why days are longer, it's because of the summer solstice.

Speaking of summer, did you know that the population of insects and other pests is greater in the warmer, muggier weather? Cockroaches, rodents and spiders become increasingly active especially indoors during summer, but these 5 easy ways to keep these creepy crawlies out of your home.

1. Get rid of damp

Damp areas are breeding ground for pests like cockroaches. Open the windows regularly to keep your home, especially the kitchen and bathroom, ventilated. This will prevent any bug breeding grounds.

2. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner

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Bedbugs love to travel and are good hitchhikers. You can transport them into your home on clothing and luggage. They are are hard and difficult to displace once they are inside your home. Vacuuming is not 100% effective, but will help capture bed bugs. Keep areas under and around beds clean. Vacuum regularly the skirting boards and sleeping areas with a powerful vacuum cleaner.

3. Avoid stamping on them

You maybe tempted to stomp on cockroaches but hey, don't because this will spread their eggs and there are between 16-30 nymphs inside every egg case. Instead,  use an insecticide spray.

4. Obstruct cracks and holes

Cockroaches love to hide in dark, damp gaps during the day and wander into your home at night. Seal up the gaps around doors, windows and where utility lines enter your home to prevent these unwelcome guests from entering your home. Similarly, block up gaps beneath and on top of the sink because this will be used as access to water source by many pests.

5. Trim your trees and shrubs

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If there are tree branches and shrubs touching your house, this will be a bridge for many pests to enter your home. Trim the trees and shrubs touching your house's perimeter.

6. Drive away spiders with strong smells 

Spiders are mostly harmless but they look terrifying right? Good thing, strong scents can drive away spiders. There are many natural spider repellents like turmeric, citrus peels, and peppermints. Just apply turmeric paste to cotton balls and put them in areas prone to spiders. In same places, you can rub down the citrus peels.

7. Keep your kitchen clean

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Ants, cockroaches, moths, rodents and slugs are being attracted by food debris. That's why clearing any potential food sources is important for keeping your home pests free. Wipe down kitchen counters, store food in tight containers, wash dirty dishes immediately and empty garbage cans regularly.

8. Get a cat or a dog

If you hate pests, get a pet, a cat or a dog, because any animal presence can prevent mice and other mammalian home invaders.

9. Beware of pests on your pets

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If get a cat or a dog, watch out from the pests from these pets. The most common house flea are cat fleas, but dogs and birds also pick up these biting bugs. Make sure to regularly treat your pet with a flea treatment because flea bites on humans are horribly itchy and can lead to eczema. Also vacuum the areas used by pets with a strong suction vacuum cleaner. Shake out and wash your bed bedding regularly.

10. Be on the lookout early

Prevention is better than cure and with that, it's best to call an expert for some tips to help reduce or completely prevent the most common pests infestation in your home. Check out this Guide to Prepping for Summer Pests for more information.

Those are the easy ways to keep your home pests free this summer. Hope the above tips will help you have a pests free home this summer.

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