The Christmas period on the Gold Coast is a time to relax and enjoy some quality time with close friends and family.
We want to help you keep it pest free with these ’12 Tips for Christmas’.
1. Call the Professionals
This is the most obvious tip and probably what you were expecting, but being proactive is better than being reactive. Regular pest control and termite inspections will help ensure a pest free home for Christmas. We offer pest control to gold coast households for all types of pests and rodents as well as comprehensive termite inspections, treatments and protection.
2. Regular Cleaning
Keeping all floors and benches clean with regular vacuuming, mopping and wiping will reduce the likelihood of a pest infestation.
Sealing major entry points around the home greatly reduces the chance of crawling insects, flying insects and rodents from entering your home. This can include holes in fly screens (or no flyscreens at all), gaps under doors or holes in external walls.
4. Physical Removal
If you have any cobwebs in your cornices, try sweeping them away or vacuuming them up and putting them straight in the bin, this can help as a short term fix.
5. Pet food
Our pets are just as much a part of the family as anyone else, however their food can sometimes attract pests including rats & mice. To avoid this, remove your pets food as soon as they have finished eating and clean up any spillages.
Garden beds that are higher than usual against the home edge and bushes or trees against the home can create great entry points for insects and rodents. By keeping garden beds low and plants cut away from the house, this will ensure to reduce the chance of a pest infestation.
7. Scrap Timbers
Untreated or scrap timbers are termites natural food source, therefore it is essential to remove all scrap and untreated non-essential timbers in the yard where possible. The less food for them, the better!
All insects and rodents require a water source. As they are usually very small, they only require a small amount of water. Make sure all your plumbing is in working order and ther are no leaking downpipes or guttering. A common problem is the air conditioning or hot water overflow piping. Make sure this is connected to drainage.
9. Inspect Incoming Items
Sometimes creepy crawlies can come in with your grocery shopping or second-hand furniture. It is best to have a keen eye and always inspect anything that enters your house. If you can remove the issue at the start, it won’t grow into an infestation.
10. Bins & Dishwashers
Believe it or not, but cockroaches love these two areas, especially in the front panel of your dishwasher. Make sure you empty your bin and turn on your dishwasher EVERY NIGHT!
Try and educate your neighbours about the importance of pest control. If you have pests, then your neighbours more than likely do too. Therefore, for a longer lasting and more effective complete pest control, we recommend your neighbours get treated at the same time. This will help reduce new pests entering from your neighbours yards.
Pests love to make a home in loose stored items or food products. Make sure all opened food packaging is in sealed containers in your pantry. If you can also store loose items from your garage into sealed boxes, this will reduce the amount of harbourage areas for the pests to live and breed.
We hope you have learnt something new from the information above or have just added some things to you Christmas to-do list (Sorry). But if you follow all these steps, you are well on your way to ensuring a Pest Free home for you and your family this Christmas season.
From all the Team at GC Pest Control…