Look around the home, it’s easy to find many ‘weak points’ where pests may enter your home. Part of the problem with pests in the home is that you are not always aware of the problem until it’s out of control. Two of the most common pests that plague homes are ants and cockroaches. By the time you realize there’s a problem, they have taken over the house! Get up from your computer and start ridding your home of pests for good with these 5 simple steps!
Wash Any Dirty Dishes
Wash not only dishes in the sink, but include dishes left around the house. It is easy to think ‘I’ll do it tomorrow,’ but the smell of your old food left on dishes is a pest magnet! If you must leave dishes for the next day, it’s a good idea to rinse off the food bits until you get around to them. This applies to the dishwasher as well. Clean out the food trap regularly. Try not to leave dirty dishes in the dishwasher more than a day before running it!
Mind the Garbage Can
When most people put items in the garbage, they are forgotten. Pests find garbage cans to be one of the most common sources of food. Due to the ‘gross’ factor, many people ignore their garbage cans. It’s easy to prevent pests with a little maintenance. Take action right now. Take out the garbage regularly. For long term prevention, invest in a garbage can with a lid. It works wonders to rinse out the bottom of the garbage can at least once a week with an antibacterial cleanser.
Mind the Recycling Bin
Even those who pay close attention to the cleanliness of their garbage can often neglect the recycling bin. Rinse out bottles and cleaning out cans before putting them in the recycling bin can prevent a pest control nightmare later.
Remove Food that Attract Pests
This covers everything from an open bag of sugar in the back of the pantry to the day-old cup of coffee left on your desk. Any food left out and uncovered for extended periods is a risk. Use air-tight containers to store food in the pantry including baking items as sugar and flour, breakfast cereals, pastas, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Once a day, look around the house for abandoned food items, including wrappers, and dispose of them appropriately.
Clean the Floor
While most pest prevention experts recommend cleaning the floors of the home daily, the reality is that most people clean the floors when they can. If you want to safeguard your home from pests, get up to sweep and mop, or vacuum your floors to help remove any food particles from your floor or carpet. Make the environment inhospitable for pests. If you use some vacuum powder or liquid cleanser when mopping, you will both sanitize your floors, and keep pests at bay!