No one enjoys cleaning dishes right after a hearty meal when you just want to kick your feet up and relax. However, dirty dishes act like a magnet to pests like cockroaches who just can’t resist the smell from those dishes. Making sure to quickly clean dishes after a meal goes a long way towards preventing these pests from appearing in your kitchen.
Homeowners commonly overlook this factor when trying to get rid of pests. Leaking pipes and excess moisture lead to damp areas which provide insects with a source of drinking water and also a place to breed. Leaving stagnant water can attract mosquitoes to lay their eggs there. Be sure to fix up any leaks to keep these uninvited guests from visiting your home.
If you find your house full of insects, this means that they have found a way to make it into your house undetected. The usual problems are gaps under doors or small holes in walls which provide ants, cockroaches and mosquitoes easy access to your house. To stop pests from entering, you can fill up these cracks and holes and then proof it with sealant. To stop mosquitoes and other flies, an effective way is to attach insect screens to your windows.
Trash cans are the favourite hangout spot of cockroaches, flies and other disease carrying bugs. It's a no brainer that cleaning out the trash regularly should greatly reduce the number of pests in your home. But you should also make sure to clean the trash cans every couple of weeks as any residual garbage will attract pests.
Another potential reason for a pest invasion is that there are spilled foods around your house. Most of us have crumbs and food wrappers lying around the house and even the smallest amount of food can attract insects. It’s a good idea to vacuum at least once a week as well to pay closer attention to any bits of food you may be dropping throughout the day.
Even the cleanest of houses face pest problems, which is why it's always a good idea to use an insect repellant in addition to the five steps mentioned above. However, it’s important to find one which is effective but nontoxic as well so that it does not impact your health.
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