Living in Australia, we’re no strangers to the variety of pests that can invade our homes. Among the most common are cockroaches, ants, spiders, and mites. These unwelcome guests can not only cause discomfort but also pose health risks. Fortunately, there are several preventative measures you can take to keep these pests at bay. At Pesky Possum Bird & Pest Control, we pride ourselves on helping keep South East Queensland homes pest free. In this latest blog update from our pest control team, we will be taking a closer look at some of the things you can do to keep cockroaches, ants, spiders and mites away from your home.
One of the most effective ways to prevent an infestation is by maintaining a clean home. Pests are attracted to food and water sources, so ensure your kitchen and dining areas are clean, and food is stored in sealed containers. Regularly take out the rubbish and clean up any spills immediately. By keeping your home clean and clear of clutter, you can limit the chances of pests invading your home.
Seal Entry Points
Pests can enter your home through the smallest of gaps. Regularly inspect your home for cracks and crevices, paying special attention to areas around doors, windows, and pipes. Seal these potential entry points with caulk or other suitable materials.
Regular Pest Inspections
Regular pest inspections by professionals can help detect early signs of infestation. They can identify potential problem areas and provide advice on preventative measures. In Australia, it’s recommended to have your home inspected at least once a year due to our favourable climate for pests.
Use Natural Repellents
Certain natural substances can deter pests. For instance, peppermint oil is known to repel spiders, while cucumber slices are disliked by cockroaches. Sprinkling cinnamon can deter ants. However, these are temporary solutions and may not be effective against a large infestation.
Properly Store Firewood
Spiders and ants often hide in firewood. If you store firewood, keep it off the ground and away from your home. This will make it less likely for pests to transfer from the firewood to your home.
Many pests, including cockroaches and mites, are attracted to moisture. Fix any leaking pipes and ensure your home is well-ventilated to prevent damp areas. In humid areas like the bathroom, consider using a dehumidifier.
Contact Your Pest Control Team
Preventing pests from invading your home requires a combination of good hygiene practices, regular inspections, and being vigilant about potential entry points. While these steps can significantly reduce the likelihood of an infestation, they may not always be 100% effective. If you notice signs of pests in your home, it’s best to contact a professional pest control service immediately. In Australia, we’re fortunate to have a range of professional services available to help keep our homes pest-free. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 1300 767 786 or use our convenient online quoting and booking facility if you need our pest control experts to come to you. Let the experts handle it and put your mind at ease.