So, you’re in the middle of an amazing dinner. Then those uninvited little guests make their grand entrance at your table. And your dinner is ruined like that.
And suddenly you feel like contacting the whole cockroach control center to camp at your house. However, these pests are preventable.
Here is a summary of simple ways to get rid of those crawling unwanted guests in your home.
- Keep your home clean
A clean home is the best way to keep off insects and pests. Clean kitchen sinks and counters where the food crumbs are usually left.
Vacuum regularly to keep those pests at bay and your house fresh.
Do the dirty dishes in the sink after meals to avoid attracting cockroaches and other flies.
- Maintain Your Yard
A yard with bushes, tall grass, and fallen dry leaves is a great pest habitat. Insects will crawl in your house from the yard through them.
Get a lawn mower or hire someone to do it. Trim your trees, keep away all the logs and firewood.
Mosquitoes breed in stagnated water. Check for all water collection points and fill them up with soil.
Find a way to drain out the water and aerate your yard to allow the water to absorb into the soil.
- Store food well
Wherever there is food you’ll find flies hovering over it especially if it’s stale.
Store food in clean tightly sealed containers. And keep them in the refrigerator or kitchen cabinet.
Dispose of food crumbs or leftovers in the waste bin and cover.
Don’t leave fruits and vegetables lying around. Overripe fruits attract fruit flies.
- Clear any collected water
Water creates moisture which not only will cause your food to go bad, but it’ll be an attraction to mosquitoes, cockroaches, and flies.
Check for any licking pipes and drains. Get them fixed to avoid the dripping water from collecting.
If you have an attic don’t clutter. Clutter causes dampness which then causes molds and insects to crawl in. Get a dehumidifier.
- Secure possible entrances
A slight opening can be a goldmine to tiny pests and flies. Seal off any openings that are around the house.
Install a door sweep under the door. Door sweeps are found in hardware stores. Those with nylon brush sweeps are best for protection against bugs.
- Get rid of clutter
If you’re a hoarder, it’s time to find another hobby to be passionate about. Some clutter in your house may be of sentimental value, but too much of it is unhealthy for you and your family.
Pests like cockroaches love dark places and clutter is one of the attractions.
Clear out any unnecessary junk in the house. Better yet find things that can be reused and sell them in flea markets or a garage sale.
- Seal crack and holes
Now that you’ve sealed all the doors. It’s time to inspect the house for any holes and cracks.
To close up these spaces you need the right gear and equipment because you’ll be crawling in confined and dirty places.
You can use caulk to fill those gaps and mesh screens for windows, doors, and larger holes.
Call a professional to repair any other major damage.
- Dispose of trash well
This goes without saying that trash is a castle for these pests and insects that will eventually crawl back into the house and cause diseases.
Most illnesses are caused by contaminated food that’s been in contact with those flies.
Clean your trash can and put a clean trash bag after every disposal. Keep it always closed after every use.