How do you control pests in your home?

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Control pests in your home

Pests invading your home can be more than just a nuisance; they can pose health risks and cause structural damage if left unchecked. We’ve heard endless horror stories of ants, mosquitoes and more taking over homes – but fear not! We’re here to guide you through various methods to keep common household pests at bay. By the end of this blog, you should be well equipped to ensure a clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

Putting a stop to pest ant-icks

Ants are perhaps the most common household pest, often found invading kitchens and pantries in search of food. Due to their tiny size, they’re able to slip through cracks and avoid common barriers used for deter other insects. To control ant infestations, start by eliminating available food sources and maintaining a clean environment. Seal food containers tightly, wipe down surfaces regularly, and fix any leaks or moisture sources that may attract ants. Additionally, use ant baits or natural repellents like cinnamon or peppermint to deter them from entering your home. Alternatively, if you trace the ants back to their source, ant poison is an effective solution and is available in most supermarkets. If you’d like to deal with ants in a more humane way and avoid them bringing poison into your home, then we recommend the suggested methods above!

How to stop spiders getting in

Whilst spiders can be helpful for controlling flies and mosquitoes, their presence can still be unsettling for many people. To keep spiders out of your home, start by being mindful of any clutter in the house they may be lurking behind. Be sure to regularly dust and vacuum to remove webs and egg sacs. Inspect your doors and windows for any cracks and gaps to seal up to prevent spiders from entering your home. Natural remedies like lemon peels, vinegar, or essential oils such as peppermint or lavender can act as deterrents. Don’t like the idea of rubbing citrus fruits or vinegar around your door and window frames? Consider installing insect screens as an effective permanent solution to keeping spiders out of your house. Finally, consider placing spider traps or sticky boards in common spider dens to reduce their numbers without the use of chemicals. By implementing these preventive measures, you can create a less hospitable environment for spiders and minimise their presence in your home.

Repelling roaches

Nothing sets off hygiene alarm bells like cockroaches. Whilst it’s a problem that’s more commonly associated with countries with warmer climates, cockroaches can be found in the UK. Finding them anywhere in your home can leave you feeling like they’re crawling under your skin and that you can’t settle until they’ve been completely eradicated. Cockroaches thrive in warm, humid environments, making kitchens and bathrooms ideal breeding grounds. To prevent roach infestations, keep these areas clean and dry, promptly clean up spills, and seal cracks and crevices where roaches can enter. Consider using roach baits, traps, or boric acid powder as effective control measures. Regular inspections and maintenance can help detect and address roach problems before they escalate.

Snug as a bed bug

Bed bugs are notorious for their ability to infest mattresses, furniture, and other soft surfaces, making them difficult to eradicate. Though it’s near impossible to prevent bed bugs from entering your home, when you can’t even feel safe in your own bed, action has to taken fast. If you suspect a bed bug infestation, wash your bedding and clothes in hot water, vacuum thoroughly, and steam-clean mattresses and upholstery. Encase mattresses and box springs in bed bug-proof covers to prevent reinfestation. For severe infestations, professional pest control treatment may be necessary.

Prevent wasps and bees from entering your home

To those allergic to wasp and bee stings, these common garden pests can pose a serious threat. To deter bees and wasps, remove potential nesting sites such as tree branches and overgrown vegetation. Use caution when approaching nests and consider hiring a professional exterminator for safe removal. Installing traps or decoys can also help keep wasps and bees at bay, protecting your family and outdoor gatherings. If you have the windows and doors open to ventilate your home, you’ll likely regret it every time you hear the sound of buzzing inside. To prevent bee and wasp infestation, fly screens are an effective way of enjoying the fresh air without letting the bugs in.

Keeping Flies Away

Flies are not only annoying but also carry harmful bacteria. To maintain a hygienic home environment, having control over insect ingress is good place to start. To deter flies, keep bins tightly sealed, swiftly clean up pet waste, and maintain clean drains. Of course, this is easier said than done in some environments, putting a stop to flies is far more challenging for properties surrounded by water, forest, or farmland. The most effective long term solution to prevent flies and mosquitoes from entering your home is to install fly screens to your windows and doors. Screens prevent entry but allow ventilation, helping you remove hot, stuffy air and keeping your home feeling fresh. Additional benefits to insect screens include enhanced privacy and solar shading properties.

Have questions about insect control? Get in touch with our team of experts today to discuss how Phantom Screens can protect your home and introduce a luxury lifestyle.

Effective pest control requires a proactive approach and a combination of preventive measures and targeted treatments. By identifying common household pests and implementing appropriate control strategies, you can safeguard your home against infestations and enjoy a pest-free living space. Remember to address any signs of pest activity promptly and seek professional assistance when needed to ensure optimal results. For more insect repellent and pest control advice, head to the BPCA’s (British Pest Control Association) website.

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