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The 7 Best Ways to Prevent Pest Infestation

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How can I keep my home pest free? What is the best way to prevent a pest infestation? Perhaps become common questions that every homeowners need the answers.

When in fact, the best way to control any pest infestation is to prevent it from happening. Below are some preventive actions needed to prevent the pests from invading to your home. Let’s find out!

Clean the home regularly

Since most of the home pests are attracted and comfortable to stay in dirty and unhygienic environment, so cleaning the home regularly are the best way to prevent a pest infestation at home.

Any fallen food crumbs and spill of sugary drinks on the floor are undoubtedly attracting pest like cockroach or ants to come in instant.

Therefore, cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping and vacuum cleaning are surely become the easiest thing you can do at home to keep your home clean and pest-free.

Best ways to prevent: ants and cockroaches

Repair all leaking pipes

Plumbing and pest control have a lot more in common than you ever imagine! The leaking pipes at home are leading cause of many pest infestation. Leaky pipes offer standing water to rats, ants and cockroach.

On other hand, termites and leaking pipes are closely linked due to termites fondness for moist living environments. Ensure to fix all leaking pipes at home and actively monitor any erosion or leakages.

Best ways to prevent: ants, cockroaches, rats and termites

Seal up all cracks, crevices and holes

Any crevices, cracks and holes provide entry points for pests. Even the tiniest of cracks can create possible entries for these pests that are capable of squeezing through. Ants, cockroaches, bed bugs, and rats just need 1 cm to enter your home!

Therefore always remember to seal all cracks and crevices by using a caulk to seal up any joints or plaster and patch holes on walls and concrete.

Best ways to prevent: ants, cockroaches and bed bugs

Dispose garbage properly

Managing your waste is an important part of keeping pests out of your home. Garbage may attracts few pests to come such as cockroaches, rats and flies.

Invest in a durable trash bin with lid, so that smell of rubbish is effectively contained. A good bin also minimises any leakages, especially when accidentally toppled over, and more importantly to prevent pests entering the bin to scavenge for their food source.

Also, regularly taking out the rubbish and avoid to leave it overnight inside your home. By clearing it frequently, the bin becomes a less attractive place for pests to congregate.

Best ways to prevent: cockroaches, flies and rats

Storage food safely and properly

Places in which food is kept should be absolutely pest-free! Your kitchen and pantry are the place where pests such as ants and cockroaches often take up refuge to find their source of food.

Make sure you don't leave any food out and store it in food safe containers with locking lids stop the movement of these pests approaching to your food.

Best ways to prevent: ants and cockroaches

Install mosquito screens

As one of the simplest yet most effective pest control tools, the humble mosquito screen keeps mosquitoes out without depriving your sanctuary of fresh air.

It may cost quite an investment to fit a seal screen, however indoor mosquito control can be applied by keeping adult mosquitoes population under control by placing indoor traps for example.

Best ways to prevent: mosquitoes

Wash your bedding regularly

Washing your bed sheets and pillowcases regularly enough is not just a matter of appearance, but it could also help kill any bed bugs that may have strayed. Wash and dry the bed sheets on the hottest temperature (117 - 120 fahrenheit) will disrupt any chance of a bed bug infestation.

Best ways to prevent: bed bugs

Conclusions

These 7 tips may be simple, but it is sometimes difficult to get simple ‘right’. These little efforts build up cumulatively to keep your home pest-free, but it also requires a great deal of personal discipline.

Yet, the risk of a pest infestation is never worth it. Don’t wait until it becomes too late before you take urgent actions as hassles, frustrations, time wastage and unnecessary expenditure can be avoided.