Pest Hot Spots: Know, Predict, Prevent

Pests: the unwelcome guests at your place. There’s nothing like having mice, rats, cockroaches, and other vermin running around your home to ruin your domestic comfort. Even if you don’t see them, you can sense their presence and it makes you feel uneasy.

Have you noticed suspicious noises coming from the basement late at night? Movement inside the wall disturbing your sleep? Are there wasps weirdly entering the room without having any windows or doors opened? If the answer’s yes, then you are definitely facing a pest problem. But don’t worry – the solution is here. Read more about pests, find their favourite hiding spots and check our proofing tips to learn how to prevent the infestation from happening. You’ll probably not turn into a pest control expert or a Pestinator but the chances to win the battle even before it’s started will increase significantly.

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Prevention Tips

Bed Bugs

Use a mattress protector. After a trip, always wash your clothes at the highest temperature the fabric can withstand. Never leave your coat on upholstered furniture. If you’re making such purchases, always check pre-owned furniture or clothes for bed bugs. In case of an infestation, quickly call for a professional bed bug treatment so the situation can be contained quickly.

Fleas

Fleas thrive around animals, so your pets are the most likely carriers. A flea comb can be quite helpful in this situation, as well as some anti-flea medication (discuss it with your vet). Vacuum your home regularly (discard the vacuum bag immediately afterwards). Trim down trees and shrubs and rake out the leaves in your garden. If you’re still having problems with fleas, give us a call and we’ll arrange a flea control service as soon as we can.

Cockroaches

Fix all leaks you can find. Cockroaches are highly dependent on water. Clean your home thoroughly, don’t leave food lying around, and take out the waste regularly. Seal all cracks you can find. Cockroaches can use various entry points, so the less chance you give them to get in, the higher the chance of avoiding an infestation. Avoid clutter – roaches love clutter, because it gives them a lot of space where they can hide.

For more information on how to deal with cockroaches, head to this blog post.

Spiders

Use sealants to patch possible entry points. Spiders can get in through relatively small holes, so don’t underestimate them. Limiting their food source is also helpful. Spiders are hunters, so if you have other pests in your home (such as ants, flies, mosquitoes, etc.), they are likely to be attracted to them. Don’t leave food lying around, because that’s one of the surest ways to attract other pests, and in turn – spiders. Regularly vacuum your home and keep it neat and clean. Avoiding clutter will give them fewer places to hide. If you notice spider webs, vacuum them immediately. Peppermint oil also helps. Outside, make sure you trim the trees and bushes near your house. If even all of that doesn’t help, then you can call for experienced spider exterminators.

Scorpions

Ensure scorpions don’t have hiding places near your house. They just love clutter, so it’s a good idea to avoid it. Do not store cardboard boxes on the ground and use shelves instead. Like with many other pests, regular cleaning and sealing cracks and crevices is advisable. Also, cinnamon is a natural scorpion repellent.

Beetles

Beetles love dampness, so ensure there’s no excess moisture in your home. Carefully clean your home and the bathroom. Keep your rubbish bins away from your home and always make sure they’re closed. Take out the waste on a regular basis. Vacuum your carpets throughly and make sure they’re always dry.

Centipedes

Try to deprive them of food. They prey on other insects, so the fewer pest problems you have, the better. Centipedes need humidity to thrive, so use a dehumidifier if your home is damp. Keep organic materials away from the house and make sure to clear out all the leaves in autumn.

Rats and mice

Rats and mice are among the most common household pests. They’re often attracted by the prospects of food and safety. Keeping your food in vacuumed containers should prevent the scent from escaping and attracting pests. Also, clean the crawl spaces, and don’t forget to organise the basement and the attic.

This blog post contains more detailed information.

Possums

Possums are protected by the law, so you need to handle them carefully. If you’re placing traps, they should be non-lethal and shouldn’t harm the animal. In order to keep them away, you can try motion-activated sprinklers or lights (though lights might attract insect pests) or possum repellents.

You can find a detailed guide on our blog.

Moths

Moths love your clothes so keep them clean. It’s a good idea to dry clean wool clothes before storing them. Also, if the fabric allows it, always leave them in the dryer (make sure the fabric allows it, otherwise you might end up damaging your clothes). Finally, always brush wool or fur clothing when you get home. This is a great entry point for moths to get into your wardrobe. If you’re still having problems, then call us right away and order moth control.

Wasps and bees

Bees and wasps are attracted by sugar, so don’t leave sweet drinks around the table right outside the house. Also, ensure that any fruit trees or bushes are away from the house, because they also attact them (though in different times – bees when they bloom, and wasps when they’re ripe).

Flies

In order to prevent flies from coming into your home, it’s a good idea to either keep your windows and doors closed, or invest in installing a net so it can keep them away while the doors and windows remain open. Always cover food, especially fruit, sugar, and meat.

Mosquitoes

Avoid having bodies of still water around the yard or the garden. This is where mosquitoes breed, because they need the water for the larvae to hatch. Always keep the gutters clean, because they’re usually a prime location for mosquitoes to breed. Install nets on the windows and doors in order to prevent mosquitoes from coming.

Borers

Borers are a dangerous timber pest that is notoriously difficult to get rid of. They do seem to prefer more damp wood, so ensuring there’s no excess humidity in your home might help. You may want to check your plumbing for leaks.

Termites and Woodworms

Termites and woodworms are attracted by wet wood, so keep it away from your house and ensure there’s no excess dampness. Check for leaks and repair your plumbing if needs be. Make sure there is no wood to ground contact in the foundations of your house. You can also apply a preventative pesticide, but make sure you carefully read the labels first. For a more detailed guide on how to keep termites away, you can visit our blog.

If you want to feel completely safe, you can also order a professional termite inspection and treatment with us.

Pigeons

You can install spike barriers on the roof in order to prevent the birds from roosting there. Spices, like cinnamon are especially unpleasant for pigeons. Generously sprinkle some where you know they roost. Avoid feeding them, or you can be sure they will come back. Don’t leave food lying around outside.

Ants

Find all possible entry points and seal them. Ants usually travel in easy to follow trail, marching in and out of your home. Find out where they come in from and seal the entry point. Seal all cracks and gaps you can find. This type of insulation will prevent many pests from entering your home and it’s great for temperature control. You can also try using strong scents, because they deter ants. Something like cinnamon or peppermint oil should prove effective, and it’s generally a pleasant scent for your home overall. Rigorous cleaning and not leaving food around is also a must. Since ants use their olfactory sense to communicate, cleaning their pheromone trails is a good way to keep them away. In case you find yourself with an infestation, don’t hesitate to give us a call and book ant control right away.

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