Your Google probably had probably seen lots of search requests, such as “where to go on summer vacation”, “do my dissertation for me,” or “top 10 healthy diets.” It’s time to add a new one – “How to eliminate vermin.”
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of dealing with household pests, you’d know how difficult it is to get rid of them. Cockroaches, mosquitoes, rats, mice, fleas, flies and all sorts of assorted vermin can plague our daily life and make it a living hell.
It’s always much easier to prevent an infestation. Once the pest is truly in, you’ll truly get rid of it only by employing a pest control technician. It will be costly and will leave your living situation in an uncertain state for a couple of days.
What is a pest? Pests are a nasty, disgusting inconvenience; this is what they are.
Pests damage property, pose significant health threats (insects are a major allergic cause with their stings and bites) and simply remain a significant nuisance throughout. No household should ever be subjected to vermin of any kind.
The most efficient way of combating pests is to prevent them from ever appearing in the first place.
Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
And the least you could do is not to lay down a welcome mat. In a way, cleaning your house is similar to keeping your health in check.
It doesn’t matter if you’re living in a college dorm, an apartment, or a house with a garden area; these tips can still be applied either way.
The first thing you always need to keep in check is to keep your home clean.
What are the main bases to cover?
The most problematic area is, of course, the kitchen, so we’ll start from there.
1) Keeping them out of the Kitchen
How does one get ants, grubs, beetles, worms, moths and other kinds of insects? By being as messy as possible.
- If you store dried foods at home, you should regularly inspect your bags and storage containers for pantry pests.
- If possible, store those goods in metal containers or keep them refrigerated and out of sight altogether.
- Clean up every crumb, and check various nooks and crannies for eggs and larvae. Clean your storage area thoroughly and often.
- If you are unsure about the package you’ve brought home and for some reason can’t examine its contents, you can put it for a couple of days in the freezer to kill any remaining eggs and larvae.
- Wash the dishes as soon as possible, or at least rinse them if you don’t have the time.
Keeping your food storage clean and tidy is a good way to get started, but you’re not quite there yet.
Once you’ve slightly cleaned up, all the messy bits go in the trash.
2) Garbage Concerns
The trash bin is the single most attractive place for vermin, and unless properly contain it, the situation can spiral out of control.
- The lid should always be shut tight, and the trash needs to be carried outside to the dumpster as often as possible.
- Use sealed containers/bags.
- Raccoons get attracted to trash, so unless you want an encounter with this mischievous furry creature, dispose of your trash bags regularly.
Once that is taken care of it’s time to move onto the next parameter.
3) Checking for Structural Integrity
- Use glue or sealants to get rid of cracks. It’s a good way to keep rats and mice out. If a mouse can get its head into a hole, it will probably be able to fit through entirely.
- Fix any leaking pipes and crevasses.
- Check your insulation.
- Install pest control screens on your windows and doors, if you haven’t already. This may also be a good general idea since it will allow you to keep your surroundings ventilated.
4) Landscaping and Termites
Termites love wood. If your landscaping is based on wooden materials (like chip mulch), you’re in for a rough time. In just a couple of months, termite damage can get so severe that staying inside becomes a health hazard.
Traditional wooden furniture has its aesthetic allure, certainly. But if you’re living in an area which is prone to termite infestations; you’d be wise to exercise those premonition skills of yours and opt in for other kinds of furniture. In short, get rid of old, rotting furniture.
Since we’re on the topic of wood, if you have any trees or shrubbery in your vicinity, keep them well-trimmed and out of the living area.
Termite swarms usually appear in early spring. Winged termites start their move to find a new home for themselves and their colony. You need to…
5) Seal Up and Keep Dry
Termites love moist environments.
Areas that you need to check are the roof, air conditioning units, attics, floor panels, rooms, pipes and garden areas. The latter may be the hardest out of the bunch to keep in order.
You’ll need to deck the area off (to keep subterranean termites out), get rid of tree stumps, and replace the wooden mulch with other materials (gravel, rubber, etc.)
If roof shingles aren’t entirely seal-proof, you may get some unusual visitors not only in the form of winged termites but also in the shape of bats. So unless you want a colony of vampires and wood eating insects under your roof, you best get that checked out.
- Use sticky paper and anti-pest sprays.
- If you have a household pet (cats, dogs, ferrets) check them for fleas after going outside.
- Clean your home often. Scrub, vacuum, and sweep. Use detergents, soap and cleaning solutions.
Don’t misapply these methods, and never use outdoor chemicals and solutions indoors.
Clean your environment, and keep pests out by not giving them a place to go. You’ll do fine once you get those two things going for you.
Robert Everett: I am a freelance writer currently based in Chicago. Solving students career and university problems. Having an interest in marketing and business.