When it comes to pests, unfortunately, the comforts of home are not limited to the people that live in a house. From bed bugs keeping us up at night to rats chewing holes in any pipes and cables they can reach, pests are a real problem for households all over the UK. However, before you head to your nearest hardware store for some pesticides and rodent pellets, read on for some preventative measures you can take before your pest problem becomes a neighbourhood menace. 

What Counts as a Pest?

Pests are insects or small animals that are problematic to people in some ways. Examples include animals that are a nuisance (urban gulls), spread disease (feral pigeons), or cause damage to property (rats and mice). While many people choose to deal with these pests on their own, some infestations are too much for the average person to handle. Homeowners looking for advice can contact us at Bristol Pest Control. We can help with managing and eliminating any of the common types of pests. 

If you want to avoid an infestation, here are some of the dos and don’ts of pest prevention. 

Don’t Slack on Bin Day

Regardless of their species, there is nothing more tempting to a pest than a free meal. Dustbins are one of the biggest targets for pests, so don’t let your rubbish pile up for too long. While it is in your home, make sure your waste all goes into a bin with a well-fitted lid. Tie up any full bin bags so they can’t attract any unwanted attention. 

Do Patch Any Exterior Holes

You would be surprised at the size of the gap a mouse or rat can fit through. To avoid them sneaking in where they aren’t wanted, fill in any large gaps you may find around doors and windows. You should also check areas where pipes or cables enter your home, as holes around these entry points can become bigger over time. While you are checking the outside of your home, pay careful attention to your roof and eaves as well as your foundation. 

Don’t Leave Food Out

Insects are well known for their ability to sniff out food from vast distances, so don’t tempt pests into your home by leaving food on the counter. You should also use containers that seal securely to store food in your pantry and avoid attracting pests like meal moths and bread beetles. 

Do Regular Pest Inspections

Check for rat or mouse droppings while tidying your kitchen and pantry or anywhere you store food. Also, be aware of any strange smells. Hints of ammonia in your attic could mean a rat family has moved in, while a musty smell could indicate mice. You should also check the eaves and garden shed regularly for signs of wasps. 

According to a study on the public perceptions of wildlife and ‘pest control’, the UK’s most common include brown rats, house mice, and wasps. The best way to prevent a full-blown home invasion from any of these species is to be proactive.