Thursday, June 5, 2014

How to keep pests at bay

It’s inevitable that you’ll come across pests but too many of them will make your place unlivable and could possibly pose a danger to your health.

Take a close look at the nooks and crannies in your apartment. Look out for holes where pests can enter such as gaps, wires, doorframes and windows, even plugs and cables.

Alongside regular building pest control efforts, cleaning your apartment is the best way to keep a pest infestation under control. It could also be a matter of where to look to keep rats, roaches, ants and other crawlers out. Next time you clean, look out for the following signs.

Clutter

Spring cleaning isn't just about getting rid of what you no longer need. Pests find a home in clutter, especially cardboard boxes, linen and paper.

Make decluttering a habit by throwing out paper and boxes you don't need. Put linen and clothes in a sealed container. Reclaim your space and throw out everything else that's unwanted.

Moisture

Pests, especially mites, thrive in damp places. Stop leaks and ‘sweaty plumbing’ by checking your pipes and sealing doors and windows.

Even after tightening the pipes and drying them off, you need to repeatedly check to make sure they stay tight and dry.

Gaps

Take a close look at the nooks and crannies in your apartment. Look out for holes where pests can enter such as gaps, wires, doorframes and windows, even plugs and cables. Also, search for damage in wood, food products and traces of droppings left by rats and lizards.

Old traps

The pest control measure you've left in the corner may have finally worked. If you don't remember where you placed it, then it’s time to retrace your footsteps.

Make sure to replace expired traps, mothballs and other insecticides. It's for this reason that it's highly advisable not to put traps in an inaccessible area. Do look into using liquid insecticides, dusts and other anti-pest products. 


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