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How to Get Rid Of and Prevent Household Pests and Home Infestations

Information, facts and resources to help you deal with an infestation of household pests and, if the worst happens, how to destroy them and prevent the household pests return.


Prevention of Household Pests

  • The old adage "Prevention is better than Cure" has a lot of relevance in the control of common household pests.

  • Preventing an infestation of most pests in the home is largely a matter of commonsense and needn't cost much nor take much effort.

  • Don't leave food scraps lying around. By removing any food source for household pests you remove their reason to approach your property or even to remain in the vicinity of your property.

  • Cover up and block any access holes to your home that might be utilised by ants, cockroaches, mice and rats and any other household pest. Mice can squeeze through holes as small as 11 mm so make sure to block even the smallest of access points to your home to deter these persistent rodent pests.

  • Keep rubbish areas clean and ensure waste bins have tight fitting lids. Foxes, mice and rats are scavengers; easily accessible food waste will encourage them to visit and then return to your home in their search for food. If you are making compost for your garden, only add vegetable matter to deter foxes and rats. Cover waste and rotting vegetation with a layer of soil to deter flies.

  • Ensure all foods in larders and cupboards are sealed in strong airtight containers with well fitting lids. This will deny ants, beetles, mice and rats their food source.

  • Ensure all clothes, fabrics, silk and fur is sealed inside an airtight bag or other container when left stored in drawers and cupboards - especially if this is likely to be for an extended period of time without disturbance. Clothes moths can be further discouraged by heating or freezing clothes before storing in airtight bags.

  • To deter pests transfer food in packets to sealed airtight containers. Even sealed airtight bags are a deterrent and can prevent household pests from eating their way through cardboard boxes - cardboard itself can be a food for some household pests!

  • Don't tolerate pests. The earlier a pest is dealt with, the less likely it is to damage your home and/or your health. So it is best policy to maintain a zero tolerance to any kind of household pest.

  • Seek advice to eliminate the household pest. Your local library will have information books and may have pest leaflets directly relevant to your locality. The web is another source of information to eradicate household pests - you made it here, anyway! In some parts of the world, in the United Kingdom for instance, it is possible to contact your local council and have a pest prevention officer visit your property and give advice.

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