With summer around the corner, all kinds of pests will come out of their hideouts in search of cool and comfortable spaces to breed and grow. Keeping your Seattle home free of parasites can be quite a challenge if you’re not well-prepared to protect your home from an infestation.
If you’re worried about different types of pests making their way into your house as the season change, the following tips will help you take control of the situation and ward off everything from rodents to bedbugs.
- Keep your kitchen clean on the insides. While your kitchen may look sparkling clean from the outside, keeping the cupboards and drawers clean and moisture-free is important to prevent possible pest infestations. Food debris is the biggest culprit that attracts a number of different pests such as roaches, ants and rodents. So keep the kitchen surfaces and storage areas free of any opened or leftover food and spills.
- Watch out for damp and keep your home well-ventilated. Damp, low-lit areas are the favorite hangouts of most pets. Your bathrooms, under-the-counter cupboards and areas under the sink and faucets are particularly susceptible because of perpetual humidity. Keep your home ventilated, open the windows every once a while and keep an eye out for silverfish, which are a clear indication of dampness in your home.
- Use natural pesticides for minor issues. Some of these include white vinegar, turmeric powder, cloves, cinnamon sticks, citrus peel, mint leaves, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint oil. Applying or placing these in spaces trailed by ants and cockroaches is effective as a short-term solution to drive away these pests. In fact, essential oils such as cinnamon, lavender, and mint are very effective as a safe and natural repellent on a number of common insects.
- Don’t always rely on DIY. Bugs can bring all sorts of health problems in your home. Particularly if you have young children and pets, it’s wise to leave pest treatment to professionally trained technicians. For instance, if you notice any signs that your bedroom may be infested with bed bugs, have the area inspected by Seattle bed bug services to nip the problem in the bud. While bed bugs are not known to carry pathogens, they can be a nuisance and cause rashes and allergic reactions. Make sure to hire an experienced and trusted exterminator service with qualified technicians and preferably a BBB rating.
- Repair holes, cracks, and crevices. Insects can crawl into the tiniest of spaces and breed entire colonies and damage the structure of your home. They also use these spaces as hideouts during the day. Sealing the crevices around the windows and doors and filling the gaps in walls and around the sink is essential to control the pest problem in your home.
- Check your furry friend for pests. If you have a cat or dog, inspect their coat regularly for bugs to avoid the infestation from spreading around your home. Check your pet closely for fleas and other tiny parasites such as bed bugs, which feed on both animals and humans. Have your pet treated for an infestation and keep their bedding, food bowls, and playing areas clean.
- Inspect your home’s exterior space. Keep the exterior of your home free of garbage, animal feces, and stagnant water and weeds. Your backyard, patio and front lawn should be clean and trash cans should be closed at all times. Preventing the outdoors of your home from becoming a breeding ground for pests is one of the best ways to protect the indoors.
- Avoid stomping. When you spot a pest such as a cockroach or a bug, control the urge to kill it by anything but a safe insecticide spray or powder. Stomping a pest can cause the eggs inside them to spread all over the place, and they’re so tiny that you won’t be able to spot them with the naked eye.
- Vacuum your home every weekend. Vacuum cleaning will not only rid your upholstery, carpeting, furniture, and bedding of pesky pests hiding in the folds and crevices, it will also clean out the dust, thus robbing pests of a potent breeding ground. Also make sure to vacuum skirting, headboard and other places where bugs could be lurking during the daytime.
- Have your home inspected regularly. The best way to permanently rid your home of pests is to schedule regular inspections by professional exterminators, who will be able to spot an infestation, treat it and prevent it from recurring.