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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.