Pests are exactly that, pests! If it is something that has more legs than humans, crawls or flies around and eat your food, then you probably do not want that living in the same house as you do. It is very tempting to take out that pesticide that you have lying somewhere in the house and spray it on them. But please take note that the toxic chemicals that you will find in those pesticides, can also be harmful for you, especially for the kids if you have any. Another thing is that it only gets rid of the insects but it does not resolve the reason why they keep coming back. So instead of just opting for pesticides, why not opt for alternatives that will keep them away for good?
The first preventive measure that you can try is keeping your house dry and clean at all times. Rodents and many other insects are attracted to food and water. So make your house less appealing to them. Take your garbage out on a daily basis and if you can, avoid putting any leftover food in the garbage. If you have any spills, immediately clean it. Ripe fruits should always be kept in the fridge. If you have any beverages or food that are not placed inside the fridge, make sure that the containers are tightly sealed. Your floors should be swept or vacuumed regularly to avoid any dirt from accumulating. Areas that tend to get wet should be kept as dry as possible.
Next step that you should take is to make sure that all entryways are sealed. This will prevent any newcomers from invading your home. Seal off any cracks or crevices in cupboards, sinks, ducts and so on. If you have any cooling and heating vents, make sure that you have screens in place. And if there are any holes in the screens, fix them. Avoid placing any objects on the exterior of your house that the pests can use to climb up on to be able to get inside your house.
So now that you have prevented the newcomers from coming in, it is time to turn your attention to the ones that are still in your house. You can vacuum them individually and lay traps so catch them. Or even use a swatter.
If you are really intent on using pesticides to keep them out, make sure that you opt for ones that have a lower risk. And when you are using pesticides, make sure that your exposure to these pesticides are minimized. And it is important that you keep them out of your child or pet’s reach. And if you have any leftover pesticides, make sure that you dispose of them properly without contaminating the soil or water.
If the insects still persist, then it is time to bring in Edinburgh pest control experts.