How To Keep Pests Away From Your Home in Kenya
Nobody wants to stay in an environment that is full of pests like cockroaches. Pests can make the life of homeowners and businesses miserable. Apart from spreading deadly diseases, pests can take away your peace and be a real nuisance. Pests also cause significant financial losses. Termites destroy structures, rendering them unusable. Repairing the damage caused is a costly affair. To avoid all these troubles, ensure to keep away pests from your home. Pest control is a continuous process. Pests have invaded many Kenyan homes. In this article, I will be giving you tips on how to keep pests away from your home.
There are preventative measures that target specific types of pests. However, there are also preventative measures that work to deter a wide range of pests. The measures I will be discussing in this article target a wide range of pests.
1. Seal off possible entrances.
Pests will enter your home if they find easy access. On the other hand, your home will be safer if pests cannot find access routes or openings. To keep off pigeons and rats, repair a damaged roof as soon as possible. Regularly inspect your roof to check if there is any damage. To keep off flies and mosquitoes, install fly screens. Flyscreens are an effective solution that prevents pests from entering your house. Pests like bats can squeeze in through small openings. Seal off all small holes to control bats.
2. Remove water and food sources.
Pests need food and water to survive. The availability of these two vital components of life will attract pests to your home. For instance, if you throw lots of leftover food in the garbage bin and you leave the bin open, cockroaches, rats and other types of pests will have access to plenty of food. With this food security, they will reproduce quickly and within a short period, you will be dealing with a large infestation.
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3. Keep your house clean.
Pests like cockroaches are attracted to a dirty house. To keep the pests away, ensure you maintain a clean house always.
4. Clear away clutter
Clutter around your house provides shelter for pests like bedbugs, cockroaches, and rodents. Pests will be comfortable in your home as long as they have good hiding places. If you have things that you no longer use or need, throw them away or donate them to those who might be in need. Many street children in Nairobi do not have enough clothing. Donating those extra clothes instead of piling them in the closet will create a win-win scenario. The street children will have got the much-needed clothing, and your home will be pest free. A house that does not have clutter is unattractive to pests. They will have nowhere to hide or breed, and exterminating them will be much easier.
5. Ensure there is no standing water around your home.
Standing water provides a breeding environment for mosquitoes. They lay many eggs in the stagnant water. Within a few days, the eggs hatch and become larvae. The larvae molt three times and become a pupa. Pupae develop into adult flying mosquitoes in two to three days. The complete life cycle from egg to adult takes only about 9 days.
Carpenter ants and cockroaches also thrive in an environment with stagnant water. You must check around your compound for any standing water.
6. Enroll in Pest Control Maintenance Plans
Pest control and fumigation companies in Kenya offer pest control maintenance plans. The plans can be monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. Signing up for a pest control maintenance plan is an affordable way to keep pests away from your home. With such a plan, pest control experts will pay your home regular visits to carry out inspections and check for vulnerabilities. If pests are discovered, they will be dealt with and exterminated immediately at an early stage. Early control of pests is not only cheaper but it is also more effective because pests are easier to exterminate before they multiply. Controlling a large infestation is expensive and requires advanced treatment methods – including several visits. A complete pest control plan includes a termite warranty.
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7. Vacuum the floors frequently.
Vacuuming is an effective way of keeping pests away from your home. Some pests like fleas live and breed on the floor. Vacuuming removes both adult fleas and eggs from the floor. If you vacuum your floor frequently, such pests will not have a chance to cause an infestation in your home.
8. Use Repellants
Repellants are extremely effective at keeping pests away from your home. Clove oil and cinnamon oil are excellent snake repellants. Spray these oils at the edges of your compound to keep snakes away. You can also use other effective snake repellants sold in pesticide stores like SnakeLine, Snake Fix, and Snake RPL Fixer.
To keep bees away from your home, use peppermint essential oil. Mix this oil with distilled water in a sprayer and spray around your compound. Olive oil, lavender oil, and lemon are also effective against bees.
To keep wasps away from your home, buy and install fake wasp nests. Wasps are very territorial and will not establish a nest within 20 meters of another nest. Installing 3 fake nests around your compound will act as a strong deterrent to wasps.
9. Trim outdoor plants and keep the grass short.
Tall grass and plants that are very close to or touch your house are a sure recipe for pest infestation. These environments act as both hiding and breeding grounds for pests like snakes, squirrels, mosquitoes, and rats. Your house will just be like an extension of their habitat and they will enter your house with ease and confidence. Trimming the outdoor plants and keeping the grass short will keep away many types of pests from your home.
10. Use traps
Many types of pests can be controlled by traps. For instance, to control house flies, buy a fly sticky catcher and hand it at the place where flies are a nuisance. To control rodents, install rodent bait stations strategically at the exterior walls of the fence.
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11. Do not have piles of wood in your compound
Piles of wood can cause or aggravate a pest infestation. Pests like termites feed on wood, and having plenty of wood lying idle in your compound is not advisable. Moreover, piles of wood will provide shelter and a hiding place for pests like snakes and rodents.
12. Empty and clean the trash can often.
Leaving the trash can full for long periods can lead to pest infestation. Trash cans contain food and can attract different types of pests like cockroaches and rodents.
To sum up, there are several measures you can take to keep pests away from your home. For instance, sealing off possible entrances, removing water and food sources, and decluttering. Apart from damaging your property, pests can spread diseases to you and your family. It is therefore vital that you keep pests away from your home. In the event of an infestation, seek the services of reliable pest control and fumigation company like Agile Pest Control Company.