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June 21, 2022 3 min read

We all like to keep our homes clean and tidy for the health and safety of our families. Yet, it’s often what’s lurking beyond the surface that can do the most damage. We’re talking about common household pests, including termites, cockroaches, spiders, ants, ticks, and more. While some may be plain annoying, others have the potential to spread disease or affect the structural integrity of your home.

Pest control is highly effective at removing and controlling an infestation in your residence. As the saying goes, however, “prevention is better than cure”. Therefore, the best way to avoid this problem is by keeping the critters out of your home entirely.

If you don’t know where to begin, don’t fret. Here are our 7 top tips for preventing a pest infestation in your home.

1. Seal cracks and gaps around windows

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Windows act as a common entry point for many types of pests, as it provides direct access between the inside and outside of the home. Closely examine each of your external windows, paying attention to any cracks or gaps. If you spot a crack or gap, no matter how small, use a sealant to close it up.

If you notice any tears in your windscreen, now would also be a great time to repair these. The less potential entry points for pests, the better!

2. Lower door seals that prevent pests entering

The exterior doors within your home should also be closely examined, as pests may be able to enter your home through the gap underneath. Pay particular attention to the garage entry door (including roller doors) and your home’s front door.

If these doors don’t already have seals, add them in to close the space between the bottom of the door and the floor beneath it. Alternatively, if your doors already have seals, consider lowering them to keep crawling pests out.

3. Avoid ceiling downlights that have a large gap between the bulb and light component

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Many homeowners might not know this, but ceiling downlights—particularly older models—have a large gap between the light bulb and light component. This gives pests plenty of space to set up a colony within your roof, thus making it hard for you to find or eliminate them.

It also allows pests direct access from your roof void into your ceiling, where they can cause all sorts of havoc. A termite infestation, for example, could eat away at the beams, resulting in a costly repair bill. Thankfully, most new LED downlights are now completely sealed to avoid this exact problem.

4. Regularly empty bins

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Your food scraps provide a smorgasbord to pests such as cockroaches, flies, and rodents. Therefore, we advise you to regularly empty the bins in your home—especially those within your kitchen. Along with frequently emptying your bins, ensure your rubbish is being kept in receptacles with tight-fitting lids and intact seals to prevent pests being able to crawl inside. Additionally, try to wash and sanitise your bins often, as this can remove spills or other bug-attracting residue.

5. Don’t leave dog food exposed within the home

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While some dogs chow down on their food within seconds, others like to leave theirs within their bowl to ‘graze on’ throughout the day. Leaving pet food sitting around like this can attract pests into your home and give them something to feed on. Additionally, take careful notice of how and where you store your pet’s food. Ensure the food is fully sealed and inaccessible to even the tiniest of bugs. Secure cannisters or containers are great for pet food storage.

6. Improve general cleanliness and tidiness
Pests thrive in a dirty and damp atmosphere, so maintaining a clean and tidy home is also vital. Dirt, dust, grime, and food particles can attract and provide critters with a food source, so aim to keep these at a bare minimum. Try to eliminate clutter too, as this can provide pests with the perfect hiding spots.

Just some of the key tasks to undertake regularly include:

Wiping down kitchen surfaces
Mopping up excess moisture from bathrooms
Dusting surfaces
Vacuuming food crumbs from the floor, chairs, and lounge

7. Maintain your garden

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If you have a lawn or a garden, fill in holes or pits where water can accumulate. If you have a pond or a water fountain in the garden, clean it regularly. Also, prune the plants on a regular basis to avoid wild, bushy growths. Maintain your garden, keep it neat and clean to avoid unwanted pests like mosquitoes, rats and ants.