Household pests exist in every home. Ants crawling on the wall can easily be ignored but once they bite you, it can be irritating. When left uncontrolled or not treated properly, they can affect our quality of life and engender the health of the family. Try sleeping on a bed infested with bugs and you will understand what we mean.
Aside from ants and bed bugs, here are just some of the common household pests that we need to deal with. The most common are probably those pesky cockroaches. They’re often found the under the sink, in the kitchen or in the trash area foraging for food. They’re pretty good at hiding in dark places too. That is why it is very important not to leave food residue lying around and to cover all containers left open. Always repair leaks and open pipes. Also avoid clutter as roaches always love hiding behind dimly-lit corners.
Flies are also very common and often congregate around the trash area and other dirty surfaces. They are dangerous as they can carry harmful germs and bacteria. To prevent flies, it is important to dispose of garbage promptly and always clean possible breeding areas. Cover food and use fly swatters if necessary as they are effective too.
The same measures of prevention can also be used in getting rid of mosquitoes. Here in the tropics, these pests can be quite deadly, like when cases increase during a dengue outbreak. These insects usually breed on water, so don’t leave water containers open. Screens on doors and windows should also be used to keep them at bay.
There are other pests like mites, lice and moths that populate the home if we don’t watch out enough. Regular household cleaning that targets every nook and cranny should be the norm. Then if you have the budget for it, get the services of a pest control company to manage the problem in a professional manner. PestAdvisors also provide very useful resource and the latest information on managing pests to improve our quality of life.
Strong-smelling pesticides and insecticides are easily resorted to by people. However, there are simple non-chemical, environmentally-friendly ways to combat and prevent household pests.
Clean, clean, clean! This is probably the Golden Rule in ensuring that insects are minimized, if not eradicated. Cover cracks on walls and seal openings where pests might pass through. Doors and windows must be sealed tight and screens installed so that nothing can pass through. Garbage must always be disposed and do not let food lie around uncovered for long period of time. Vacuum the floor, or even the sofa and bed as a preventive measure.
In other words, practice good sanitation. Your home and your family will more than thank you for it.