The last thing you want to find scurrying around your home is a rat, lizard or cockroach. These ‘visitors’ often find their way into your home because they are drawn to food, waste or simply because your home provides a comfortable habitat for these creatures. While it is impossible to completely prevent pests from entering your home, here are some ways to keep these unwanted guests at bay.
Take out the thrash every night
Disposing raw or organic waste into the rubbish chute or at a central refuse collection point on a daily basis will ensure that your home smells fresher and there isn’t anything rotting in the bin that will attract these pests. Clearing multiple trash bins a day might be quite a hassle, so allocate one trash bin specifically for food waste - this could most likely be placed in your kitchen - so you will only need to ensure that that bin gets emptied out daily.
Wash your bedsheets regularly
Much of the ‘dust’ found indoors is actually the fecal waste of microscopic dust mites. Dust mites tend to thrive in warm, humid environments, making the average Singaporean’s home the perfect spot for them to breed. Because dust mites feed primarily on dead skin flakes of humans and pets, having an anti-dust mite pillow and mattress may not be good enough. Washing your sheets every fortnight will get rid of dust mites as well as dead skin cells that you shed every night.
Clean your sink
And by that we mean clearing any leftover food particle that may be left there after you’ve done your dishes. Insects and other pests usually find their way into your home by crawling up the drainage pipe, and these food particles often attract pests. To cleanse and unclog your drain pipe, simply use this quick home hack: pour half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar to dissolve leftover food particles. Once you’ve done that, simply rinse your sink with boiling water.
Get pest control netting
Flying insects usually enter your home through openings like windows. To prevent mosquitoes, bees and wasps from making an entrance, consider a magnetic insect screen that can be used for doors and windows of various sizes. Made with metal wire, fiber glass or other synthetic fiber mesh, these screens are stretched over a window to prevent insects from entering the home. This way, you can still let fresh air in and your house well-ventilated whilst keeping these little pests out.
Store all food supplies in airtight containers
Storing food properly is probably a no-brainer, since any exposed food or crumbs that have been left lying around will attract pests like ants, lizards and cockroaches. To ensure that food is kept properly, purchase air-tight containers and double-bag plastic bags that are used to store food to ensure that pests do not bite a hole in them in order to get to the food.
All these tips safeguard your home to a certain extent, but most preventive measures boils down to keeping your home clean. Check out our range of home cleaning services, and find out how we can help you keep pests at bay.