Home & Away: DIY Bug Control

Having a pest infestation in your home is a major problem to control whether you are at home or on holiday – and can happen to anyone regardless of how clean and hygienic your home may be kept.

Pest’s can still get into your home whether you like it or not; from tiny insects such as ladybirds and ants to bigger pests, such as rats and squirrels.

Once your home is infested with a pest, there isn’t much time to be wasted; you will need to act immediately as pests can multiply much faster than humans.

Look for a professional exterminator such as Pest Control in London and get the suspected infestation seen to without delay.

Pest Control in the Home

There are, however, many ways in which you can try to prevent certain pests from hibernating in and invading your home. Some of which are detailed below:

Fitting a cap on your chimney can prevent nuisance pests and parasites from entering your home while also successfully preventing a potential fire hazard.

Many pests are attracted to moisture, so ensure you eliminate any moist areas such as the kitchen mop, worktop corners, bathroom panelling and so forth. Not only inside the home but also eliminate water externally, such as puddles and children’s pools, etc.; ensure they are drained well after use.

Ensure any small cracks and holes in your walls are filled in as pests use these little crevices as hiding areas; check all your walls, doors and window seals to ensure such pest opportunities are thoroughly concealed.

Always ensure household waste is disposed of sensibly, and any waste bins inside your home are frequently emptied – especially the kitchen waste. Bugs love waste of all kinds and will be instantly drawn to this debris. Leaving food crumbs anywhere in the home can cause an ant infestation; it is almost like personally sending them an invite into your home.  Always cover and conceal food and refrigerate where needed.

If you are a victim of a slug problem in your garden then try placing a bowl of stale beer around the area, slugs will be attracted to this and end up eventually drowning in the beer.

If you think you may be dealing with a bed bug issue, then simply getting rid of your mattress/sheets isn’t going to work. Moving an infected object to elsewhere in the home will only spread the infestation. Call a professional exterminator to assess the extent of the infestation.

If you happen to come across a centipede, call an exterminator immediately; centipedes usually prey on other pests so it could be highly likely that you have a larger infestation of another pest, too.

Don’t forget, if you live in a shared complex, flat or apartment, then tackling a pest issue on your own will be a complete waste of time. The whole building is likely to be infected, and pest control would need to be arranged for the whole building and its residents.

Always remember that seeing a pest in your home isn’t likely to be a one-off; don’t assume that there can’t be an infestation – most pests tend to come to light when you are sleeping or during the night. Seeing just one pest could be enough of a warning that you may end up dealing with a bigger problem later if ignored.

So, no matter what type of infestation you are facing, the overall objective is to get rid of the pests while using preventative measures and ensuring they don’t return.

Make sure the only things ‘bugging’ you while you’re on holiday are those tan lines and your rather-too-frequent morning hangover!

For expert advice, a free survey and a fast-response emergency call out service, call our expert team today; you’re one-stop for pest control services in London.



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