Keeping your home clean isn’t just good for the eye. It also lowers stress and fatigue, reduces allergy and asthma symptoms, improves safety, lessens the spread of germs, and most importantly, keeps pests away.
But as we all know, cleaning a house and maintaining the look is no child’s play. This is especially true if you have kids running around all day, throwing everything they can find wherever they feel like it. Again, with so much to be done and less time, cleaning a home may seem like an uphill task that’s tough to crack. Sadly, cleaning is not something that you can just wish away. So, to make it a little easier for you, here are some top cleaning tips for a pest-free home.
Empty your dishwasher every morning
Emptying your dishwasher is something you can do in five minutes. So, rather than postponing, it’s best to empty the machine in the morning – while brewing coffee or as you wait for the kids to finish their breakfast. Emptying your dishwasher helps you to avoid piling the dishes in the sink, and allows you to keep your kitchen tidier. This, in the end, will help you prevent pests.
Clean up after each snack or meal
Dirty and cluttered countertop makes the kitchen look awful. So, it’s a good idea to make it a habit to clean up after every meal. And since your dishwashing machine will be empty, all you’ll need to do is load it with dishes and clean the counter. While doing this, ensure that any remaining snack or food is kept in an airtight container so that it doesn’t attract pests.
Wipe your faucets and sinks
Don’t leave the hairs or toothpaste spatters in your bathroom sink until you find time to clean them. Instead, wipe the faucets and sinks every day before you leave your house. The good thing about doing this every day is that you’ll only take a couple of seconds.
Keep firewood off the ground
Termites and carpenter ants feed actively on chopped wood. They also use it as shelter. That’s why you want to cover the wood and keep it off the ground level. This will make it hard for insects to stumble across it. Again, when using the firewood, start with the oldest ones first. Most importantly, you should not get too much firewood than you need.
Clean the compound
If you have tree branches stretching to your house, you should trim them, because otherwise, they will act as a bridge for all kinds of pests to crawl into your home. You should also clean any stagnant water in your kid’s toys, gutters, containers, and so on. Pests like mosquitoes breed on the water; so if you want to get rid of mosquitoes, you should start by eliminating any standing water.
Seal all entry points
Pests access your home through small holes and cracks. So, if you have any openings, you may want to sell them to keep the pests away. Installing fine mesh screens on your windows, caulking window frames, fixing spaces around ACs, dryer vents and plumbing pipes, and sealing holes or cracks can go a long way in helping with your pest control efforts.
Dispose of your garbage regularly
Garbage may seem like trash to you, but for pests – that’s a feast. If you leave it lying around your home or compound, you are bound to attract different kinds of pests, including houseflies, cockroaches, fruit flies, rats, and eventually, spiders, lizards which feed on other pests. So, try to dispose of your household garbage every day to avoid an invasion.