With such a variety of creepy pests which love to come and stay uninvited in our homes, it can be a big undertaking to keep them away.
Although many bugs and other pests are relatively harmless, they are hardly the ideal house guests and so it is far better to make sure they can’t get access to your home in the first place.
What many people don’t realize is that once they already have a pest infestation, it is almost too late, and so the only solution at that point is often to call in a professional extermination team.
As with so many things in life, prevention is better than a cure, and so taking the right steps to stop pests from entering your home altogether is your best course of action.
With that in mind, here are some effective ways to keep pests out of your house.
1. Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are one of the least desirable pests to have in your home. Whilst we usually associate them with dirty sheets or cheap hotel rooms, the reality is that bed bugs live wherever there is blood to suck; your blood.
The problem with a bed bug invasion is that because they are so small and inconspicuous, they can be almost impossible to detect until you wake up all itchy and covered in a rash.
One of the best ways to keep bed bugs out of your house is by using a specially designed steam cleaner which releases bed bug repellent smells that these little vampires just can’t stand.
There are many of these machines available, and especially if you own a hotel or a bed and breakfast where bed bugs can have a serious effect on your guests’ stay and, as a result, your business, they are well worth investing in.
To stop bed bugs from getting into your home, it is vital that you take the correct preventative measures.
The majority of bed bugs are brought home in luggage and on clothing after a trip or a stay in a hotel so make sure that you tape up your suitcase and that you vacuum out both your luggage and your traveling outfit as soon as you get home.
If there is a pest which makes most of us shudder more than any other, then it is surely the cockroach. Unlike bed bugs which actually bite you, cockroaches don’t do any actual physical harm, they are just very unpleasant housemates.
Perhaps the worst thing about cockroaches is that you often don’t even know they are living in your home until they have already established a whole city.
This is because they are very shy and nocturnal so unless you happen to see one at night when you are on the way to the bathroom then you may be totally unaware of their presence.
It is a common misconception that cockroaches are only found in places that are very dirty but this is not true at all. Cockroaches are the ultimate scavengers and so they appear anywhere where there are traces of food.
It doesn’t matter whether you have overflowing trash cans or just a single dirty plate in the sink, it can be enough to attract a cockroach, and once he thinks he has found a reliable buffet, more are certain to come.
Be sure to keep your house clean at all times and if you see more than one within a couple of days, spray the area with a cockroach killing spray.
In comparison to cockroaches and bed bugs, ants are fairly harmless pests but they can still be annoying. As with cockroaches, once ants have decided that they are guaranteed to find food in your house, they will be regular visits.
The best way to prevent an ant invasion is to make sure you clear up all traces of food from your kitchen or dining room, down to the tiniest crumb. As well as this, make sure that you close up any tiny holes which ants can sneak through into your house.
The ultimate goal of the ants that you will find in your house is to take food back to their colony so if you are able to prevent this from happening by killing or blocking these scouts then you will have gone a long way to solving the problem.
Pests are a common problem which many homeowners have to face but the solutions can be relatively simple. The most important thing is that you act swiftly to stop the problem from escalating.
Follow these effective ways and you will be able to keep pests out of your house.