10 Common Mistakes You Might Be Making That Attract Pests To Your Home
Facts and DIY
On 8th February 2018
Pests are awful for every home owner. Those creepy crawlies start creating colonies as soon as they appear in your home, and you aren’t likely going to get rid of them that easily. It’s highly unlikely that pests could just appear in your house by chance. Usually home owners make some common mistakes and attract the creatures to their houses. Let’s review the most common mistakes and learn how we can keep pests away.
#1 OLD TRASH – WELCOME COCKROACHES
The black beetle is said to be the most common pest all over the world. It’s attracted to any place where it can find some food and create a colony. They can smell the odor emanating from old trash from kilometers away and they will surely find a way of getting into your house. So, clean your trash bins on a regular, and, just to be on the safe side, create optimal ways of collecting and disposing of your garbage. Stocking up your garbage in a big bin out in the backyard for a one-time disposal process is definitely not a good idea. Cockroaches and other such pests will surely appear there, one way or the other, and then eventually sneak into your house.
#2 KEEPING BIRDFEEDERS AND BIRDBATHS
Unless you live in advance lands like the United States, Canada, and Europe, this point may be confusing. People living in these advanced lands, nature-loving people have a habit of setting out birdseeds or other such foods for birds in open containers close to their window. Some people go as far as do this with water; providing the birds with a bath and drink in one go. You should also pay attention to the placement of birdfeeders and birdbaths. Birdfeeders should be placed not nearer than 10 meters from your house. Make sure there is no food spoilage there, because that can attract bugs from all over the surrounding area. Also avoid placing birdfeeders on the branches of garden fruit trees. It may be harmful for a tree to bear all those pests.
#3 DIRTY GUTTERS AND POOR ROOF CLEANING
Gutters are defined as rainwater channels on roofs or roads. Dirty gutters are heavens for pests. While roof gutters tend to harbor insects, the road gutters are heavens for rodents. Gutters tend to hold moisture and so during summer, mosquitoes, cockroaches, and rodents make gutters their home. However, the question here is, where will they go to for food? It’s all too obvious! They will come right into your home, gradually populating it and creating stable colonies. It is important you clean gutters every year. Gutters that are clogged with old tree leaves might also be the source of earthworms climbing up to the roof of your house. It’s awful to watch and even realize that such things do exist in your own house. Therefore, always pay close attention to the cleanness of your roof.
#4 STAGNANT WATER
Leaving stagnant water out (bird baths, pop lids, water dishes, etc.) is one of the most overlooked errors in pest management. Pests need water and more water means more pests can live comfortably. In addition some are dependent on standing water e.g. mosquitoes to reproduce. In these instances, it does not take very long at all for a mosquito population to erupt from a bottle cap lid. Change water often and where possible, keep the water treated. Cover or fill up all dips and holes were water can collect around your home. Look out for puddles. They can be a major factor for attracting pests. It’s easy to prevent such kind of breeding for these insects. Just dump everything after gardening and keep an eye on places where water can possibly lie stagnant.
#5 DIRTY GRILL EQUIPMENT IN YOUR GARAGE
Many of us love to grill, procuring special grill equipment to feed our pleasure. The garage is where we usually pack away this grill equipment, always ready for use. Unfortunately, not many people like to clean their grill equipment after consuming all that tasty barbecue dishes. Consequently, grill equipment is a wonderful place for ants, cockroaches and other insects to feed and create colonies. Bits of meat fat fall onto the metal parts of a grill. After sometime, it becomes impossible to clean them out and insects will be attracted by the sweet smell from afar. For sure, they will want to know what kind of refreshments you left for them in your garage. And it won’t take them long before they find their way into your house afterwards.
#6 OLD ENTRANCE MAT
We all know that roaches and ants have the so called exoskeletons. It means that you actually can’t squeeze them to death that easily. These creatures find the narrowest of places and can easily come into the house through tiny holes. We are also aware that they have tracks which they follow all the time. Your entrance mat is the main thing to change if you are having trouble with pests. Health and environmental experts recommend changing the front mat at least once per year, particularly during spring. The moisture and warmth of spring makes the underside of your front mat a suitable home for pests.