Some Basic Pest Control Tips

When you have a house or an apartment, you need to keep pests out as much as possible. Pests such as insects, rodents, and birds can get into your home or flat for the same reason you do: they’re looking for food and shelter. So your approach needs to be two-pronged. You need to disincentivize them from coming into your home as well as preventing them entering.

Reducing Incentives

Pests come into your home for food and shelter. To prevent those two things, you need to understand what they are looking for. Insects that lay their eggs in water are looking for shallow water, so you need to remove any standing water. That can mean keeping your patio clear of puddles and discarding any rubbish that might collect water. Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in as little as one bottlecap full of water. Southend-On-Sea pest control techniques greatly benefit from being vigilant about water.

Pests are also looking for food. You should make sure you keep a tight lid on any food that might be sitting in your house. Wash any flecks of toothpaste off your bathroom mirror or counter. Also, be sure to cover up or discard any food that might be spoiling. The gases released by spoiling food are often enticing for pests.

Blocking Entry

Once you’ve done all of that, you need to make sure you are also preventing pests from entering your home. That means working with pest control specialists to shore up any punctures that might allow pests into your house. Holes in your roof, intentional and unintentional, can allow pests in. Furthermore, cracked roof tiles, loose windows, and broken screens are common ways pests can get in.

Lastly, the pest control specialists will likely use some chemicals that will deter or kill any pests that might be around your house. The chemicals can be preventative measures that warn away pests or they can be poison that kills on contact.