As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure; and the saying is none-more-applicable when controlling pests around your home– ‘calling the exterminator’ will not be featuring on this list. From the humble house fly to swathes of rats and foxes, as well as the neighborhood’s night-prowling pets, there are a plethora of unwanted visitors just waiting for you to let your guard down so they can invade your home and score a free meal.
4 Methods for Effective Pest Control
- Remove all waste product – immediately
Pests mainly invade your space in search of food, and the best way to prevent them from doing this is to remove anything they can eat. What appears to you to be an empty wrapper or tin can is a veritable feast to many kinds of vermin and insects. Make sure that all waste is properly disposed of as soon as possible. The moment something is left out, the clock is ticking as to which creepy-crawly sniffs it out first. Use a bin in your kitchen with a swinging or closing lid that keeps smells to a minimum.
- Don’t scrimp on sturdy waste disposal items
Buying cheap bins and bin liners is false economy; especially if health and hygiene is of any importance to you. One little crack in a bin, or an ill-fitting lid is the equivalent of proactively advertising your waste to creatures great and small. Not only are you attracting pests, but you’re allowing them easy access to food. Buy high-quality moulded-plastic bins and thick bin liners.
Just as important is to buy bin bags in the correct size. Not many people know the size of their bin in relation to the bags they use, but it pays to take note of which liners comfortable fit your bin, and leave 2-3 inches of spare to overlap the lip, allowing for a tight seal with the lid.
- Disposal does not mean just putting the garbage outside
Out of sight, out of mind? Maybe, but all you are doing is introducing your waste into a pest’s habitat, adverting the fact that your house is a potential restaurant. If your garbage collection is a few days away, make the effort to take it to the tip. It’s a small inconvenience compared to dealing with an infestation further down line. If you are to store your waste outside, a solid and sealed garbage can is essential. Do not under any circumstances leave it on the floor. The finely tuned snouts of dogs, cats, foxes and rats will be all over it, tearing at your bins and spreading the contents for miles around, creating a litter-strewn map right back to your home.
- Your job doesn’t stop just because your garbage has been taken away
There’s always a smell that lingers in your bins even if they’re empty, right? This smell isn’t just a reminder of what it once contained; it is the physical remnants that are still remaining. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of bins is an often neglected part of a proper waste-disposal routine.
If you follow these principles, reading up on how to actually get rid of pests shouldn’t even come into the equation. Getting rid of these critters once they’re here is ten times harder than keeping them away in the first place. Without our health we have nothing, and as we densely populate our towns and cities more and more, it’s becoming critical that we keep our environment sanitary. Effective pest control should start and end at prevention. Look at fumigation for more information