As the end of springtime approaches, the warm temperature of summer now starts to draw closer. It also signals the higher rise of both insects and wildlife – more active and desperate in search of food, shelter from the hot weather, and water. And all of those are exactly what your home can offer them.
In spring, we are already seeing increased activity with small mammals such as rodents that are starting to actively look for food and friends.
The activity may differ depending on your location. In most areas, residents would frequently encounter typical spring pests such as ants, mosquitoes, small rodents, and spiders.
As the temperature rises, ants tend to forge a bit more, extending their colonies to houses and even commercial properties that can offer them free access to food, shelter, and water.
To avoid pest infestation, or simply put the intrusion in control, one should do the following important tips:
- Monitor access points – Keep an eye to anything that connects the outside to the inside of your building. It can be in the form of a broken /open window or door, cracks in walls, vents, small tunnels, holes on the roof, or the chimney. These open entries give tempting invitations to pests to get inside.A pest such as a small rodent-like mouse could easily get in those little holes and cracks and even invite the rest of the colony to follow inside. Birds also can make their nests in the roof holes which can also harbour other pests such as fleas and ticks.
- Seal all the access points – Once these entry points are identified, fix or seal them as soon as possible. Install screens on your doors and windows, and other open areas. Repair the cracks and seal the holes.
- Maintain a neat and tidy environment – The best thing to fend off pests is to just simply keep your place neat and properly organised. Conduct a regular de-cluttering inside the house. Sweep and vacuum regularly.Keep plants and your landscape well-trimmed. If your plants are touching the building, this could give pests a pathway to get in. Make sure you get rid of those tree branches touching the building or the roof.Overgrown shrubs and bushes would also be an ideal hideaway for small mammals or insects, so shear them as regularly as it needs.
- Keep proper storage (for food, beverage, and other important stuff) – Ensure that your food, beverages, and other valuable stuff you may have been in a nice, sealed, and secure area. Keep food in tightly-closed containers where it cannot be in contact with any animal or insect.Areas such as your pantry and kitchen are more prone to pest invasion. Sanitise them regularly and empty trash bins. Wipe the food spills and food crumbs off the counter table and on the floor. Sweep regularly as little food crumbs could easily attractants to get inside.
- Get assistance from a pest control service – Always consider contacting a professional Brisbane pest control service to give you some knowledge and advice to help keep pest infestation in control in your property. Pest professionals.In an event of active infestation, pest control professionals will perform pest inspection which will then be followed by a targeted pest treatment.Effective pest control procedure should involve the pest professional and the property owner or facilitator working closely together. The pest professional can use his experience to identify and treat the pest problem. The facilitator, on the other hand, can share his/her experience in certain areas of the building where the issue might be going on.
Keeping a watchful eye for signs of pest activity, keeping doors closed, and maintaining proper sanitation goes a long way in keeping pests at bay.
Pests will always anywhere foraging for food. But with proper preparation and preventive measures put in place, pests will realise your place isn’t a happy place to be, and that they will have to go elsewhere.
If you are concerned over a pest infestation in your home and unsure of what to do, feel free to contact one of our pest treatment professionals at TPM to assist you. Reach us out anytime!