Warm summer weather and an abundance of food are bound to attract pests in your home. Just like you, pests need food, shelter, and water. When you want to spend ample time outside, pests are busy finding their way into your house. Some common pests in the UK include cockroaches, mosquitoes, ants, and flies.
Besides being a nuisance to you, pests pose health risks to you and your family. When not dealt with, pests multiply rapidly because of the warm weather. Blocking their access to their basic needs will help you control their breeding and gradual elimination. In this blog, we listed the top seven pest control tips for this summer in the UK.
Below are tips you can use to control pests in and around your home this summer;
Clean and Clear All Food Leftovers
When pests invade your home, they are after basic needs such as food. Cockroaches and ants will be all over your dishes, kitchen tops, and floors to get a bite of the bread crumbs or barbecue leftovers from last night’s get-together.
To control the pest invasion, ensure that you seal away any food and wipe all the surfaces you used to prepare and serve the food. When disposing of the leftovers, you should tightly seal the bins and regularly empty them.
Waste bags and compost bins should be tied up, tightly sealed, and put away. Any spillages should be thoroughly wiped to repel any pests. Remember, the dirtier the bin, the more the pests get attracted to it.
Drain Away Stagnant Water
It is no rocket science! Stagnant water provides breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Check whether your gutters are blocked and drain them. For ponds around your home, consider installing a pump to drain away all the stagnant water.
Allowing mosquitoes to breed in your compound poses a health risk to you and your loved ones.
Seal holes and cracks
Any crack or hole in your house is a potential entry point for pests. As you inspect and do some house cleaning this summer, look out for any cracks or holes and seal them off. Check your window
seals, pipes, doors, and attic room. Pests prefer staying in the dark areas as there is a minimal disturbance. They can feed and breed without you noticing them. Consider checking below your sink since it is ever moist and loaded with all sorts of food leftovers.
Keep Things Dry
Pests breed well in damp, moist, and dark places. Cockroaches, silverfish, earwigs, and centipedes love moisture.
Ensure that your house is well ventilated and not dump to prevent pest breeding. Use air humidifiers to reduce humidity in your home.
Tidying up the Garden
Leaving your garden unattended will be a breeding place for pests. Keep the grass short to expose pests’ hideouts. A regularly tended garden will disrupt any pest infestation. If you have an orchard, ensure to collect any fruits that fall on the ground before they attract any pests.
Twigs and branches that hangover or close to your house should be trimmed. They can serve as a bridge for the pests like rats and squirrels to find their way inside your home. Any firewood or mulch collected should not be placed anywhere near the entrances. You can also plant pest repellant plants like lavender to control fleas, moths, and mosquitoes.
Cold winter weather forces pests inside your home to look for warmth and shelter. During summer, pests will find their way outside to get some heat.
To prevent their entry, block all the access points back in. You can use a silicon-based sealant to seal gaps in roofs and walls. Sealing prevents pests from nesting inside your home.
Seek Professional Help
The pest infestation might be too much for you to handle. When homemade pest control measures prove futile, consider hiring a professional pest control company to deal with the mess. Experienced pest controllers come equipped with equipment to get rid of the pests quickly and effectively.
Pests, when not controlled, will become a nuisance to you and your family. They pose a health and safety risk. Do not ignore any sign of a pest infestation. Always keep an eye out for any possible infestation, and if you see any, don’t hesitate. Act quickly!