Hygiene as a method of pest control
When houses and yards are kept clean, there is no food for pests and nowhere for them to live and breed, and this in turn means that there are few pests. Tips for you: bugszapper.com
Pests can be controlled by practising good hygiene in the following ways:
• Clean up after meals. Put food scraps in the bin, and wash and dry plates, cups, glasses, cutlery and cooking pots after use.
• Put all rubbish into the bin
• Wrap all food scraps tightly in paper before putting them in the bin
• Keep all the benches, cupboards and floors clean and free of food scraps
• Regularly clean behind stoves, refrigerators and other household appliances
• Keep food in containers with tight-fitting lids
• Use the toilet properly. Make sure that all urine and faeces goes into the pedestal pan and that the toilet is flushed after use. Toilet paper is the only kind of paper that should be flushed down the toilet.
• Make sure the toilet is clean and the cistern works correctly
• Make sure that all septic tanks and leach drains are well sealed
• Make sure that the community rubbish tip is operated correctly with the rubbish being buried regularly
• Use flyscreens to stop pests entering the house and seal holes around pipes
There is little point to having a pesticide program to control domestic pests if the relevant hygiene factors are not addressed as well. The pests will soon return if good hygiene is not maintained.
Start with prevention. The best way to handle one’s own pest control is to start with keeping their home or office protected from infestation. Maintain a clean environment (no food crumbs, open sources of water, humid and cluttered areas) and keep walls, windows and doors sealed and secured. Breaches in house and building structures are key opening for rodents and insects to find their way in.
Determine the pests. Finding out what type of pest needs to be controlled is a necessity. Start with making note of what is seen. Are insects running around? What do they look like? What color are they and what type of nests are being found? If there are rodent pests, make note of what they look like, what type of damage is being done (holes in walls, chewing of paper and food) and even what type of droppings are found and sounds are being heard. Check what’s been seen against encyclopedias and online photos to determine what pest is visiting.
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Assess the home situation for pest control. Assessing the home gives an idea of where poisons can be placed, who could be in danger from poisons and traps and where certain items could be stored. Review the layout of the areas affected and determine what if any holes or seals need to be repaired to prevent and control any pest infestation.
Gather universal supplies. For insects, there are many store-bought, over-the-counter insecticides that work on multiple types of invaders. Stock up on several (some work on beetles and spiders, while some are designed for flying pests) and also stock up on traps. These supplies are universal and apply across the board with many types of pest and controlling them.
Remember safety. Store poisons and traps used for pest control in a location far from children, pets and anyone who may accidentally expose themselves. Remember to check the containers of long-stored poisons for seal breaks and rot