Cockroaches are one of the most common domestic pests thanks to their amazing survival capabilities and rapid reproduction rates. Keeping cockroaches away from your home can be tricky but there are things you can do to minimise the chance of infestation. Here are a few tips to help roach-proof your home.
Cut Off Their Water Supply
Cockroaches can survive up to a month without food but only two weeks without water. An effective way to get rid of cockroaches is to cut off their water supply, particularly in the bathroom and kitchen areas.
Seal All Entrance Points
Upon discovering an infestation, it is important to locate and seal the entrance points to your house. Cockroaches are quite flexible and can easily sneak in through cracks in your walls or floor or through windows and drains.
Cracks and holes can be sealed using special glue or plaster. Mesh fly screens should be fitted to all windows and you should use drain plugs where possible. It is also important to take special care with kitchen drains. Frequently flushing your drain with boiling water will help to eliminate any egg sacs stuck to your pipes.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Make sure your kitchen is free of crumbs and food debris. Appliances such as ovens and toasters should be cleaned regularly to prevent food build up and potential cockroach infestations.
Take The Garbage Out Regularly
Because cockroaches are attracted to pungent smells, it is important to take care during waste disposal. Reduce the smell of your garbage by regularly changing your rubbish bags and ensuring they are properly sealed.
Cockroaches are thigmotropic, which means they like the feeling of enclosed spaces. They often seek out dark, compact areas to settle in such as wooden boxes, paper stacks and food containers. Ensure your food containers are carefully sealed and minimise clutter to keep roaches at bay.
Hire A Professional
Cockroaches are an especially difficult pest to get rid of as they are hard to kill and can adapt to almost any environment. Although you can take precautions to safeguard your home against cockroaches, it is best to hire a professional pest control service to eradicate severe infestations.
Twin Bays Pest Control is a commercial pest control company based in Melbourne. Our pest professionals will quickly and safely deal with your cockroach problem so you don’t have to.
As the weather cools down, your cosy home becomes a more appealing prospect to warm blooded pests like mice and rats that come seeking shelter from the elements.
During the summer months, when the weather is warm and natural food sources are plentiful, rodents tend to nest outside, but once the mercury drops and rainfall increases, quiet places like roof voids and skirting boards become prime rodent real estate.
In addition to rodents, all the usual household pests like cockroaches, spider and ants will also be lurking around, and although they tend not to be as affected by the change in seasons, they can still become a problem in the autumn months as people spend more time inside and create more mess.
Here are just a few things you can do to keep your home pest free during the autumn months.
Create Physical Barriers
Perhaps the most straightforward way to keep your home free from larger pests like rodents is to ensure your house is well sealed and access points are kept to a minimum.
Make sure the façade of your home is in a good state of repair by replacing broken roof tiles, repairing broken timber, and filling in any visible gaps like the entrance points for piping.
Trim the branches on any trees around your home and cover over any exposed guttering with mesh wire to prevent access.
Minimise Food Access
The abundance of food in your home is another big draw card for pests of all sorts, so reducing access is one of the key ways to discourage them from setting up shop in your home.
Make sure you clean up and spills or crumbs as soon as they happen, keep your indoor and outdoor garbage bins tightly sealed and make sure that all of your food is stored in secure containers off the floor.
Fix Your Plumbing
Water is necessary to all lifeforms and by cutting off common water sources like leaking taps and pipes, it makes it a lot harder for pests to survive in your home.
In addition to fixing any leaky pipes, make sure there is adequate drainage and no puddles left in sinks, showers and bathtubs after use.
If you are still struggling to keep your home pest free through the autumn months, then perhaps it is time to call in the professionals. Twin Bays Pest Control offers specialised rodent control services throughout Melbourne.
To learn more about our services, give us a call.
Spider infestations can be extremely worrying, especially in Australia where some species are infamous for their deadly bite. While large spiders – such as the Huntsman – are easily seen, other smaller, potentially more harmful species are harder to spot. Spiders such as the Redback, which is a member of the notorious widow family.
The following signs may indicate the presence of a spider infestation in your home.
It is not unusual to occasionally find one or two spider webs around the home or garden. However, if you are frequently noticing spider webs in your home, you may have a spider infestation.
Web shapes differ according to spider species and can be found in various locations around the home. Bear in mind that some spiders also live in burrows or take shelter in crevices, so the absence of webs doesn’t necessarily rule out spider infestation.
Damp areas in and around your home may attract some species of spider so it is important to check areas like basements, walls and sheds for excess moisture.
Frequent Spider Sightings
Every home is bound to harbour a few spiders but regular sightings can be a sign of infestation. It is also important to keep an eye out for egg sacs so you can fix the problem before they hatch.
If you suspect a spider infestation in your home, it is always best to enlist the services of a professional pest control company. The Twin Bays team is expert in spider control and will conduct a thorough pest inspection of your home.
When insects, rodents and other pests infest commercial buildings, the effects can be very damaging. Untreated commercial pest infestations may result in structural damage and may compromise the health and safety regulations of your business.
For this reason, it is important to hire a professional pest control company to oversee your property and make sure it is pest-free. Today, we will look at a few things this service might include
A Proper Inspection