“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect [or bed bug].” – Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
Do you have a pest problem? In other words, do you perhaps have an infestation of rats (or mice), cockroaches, ants, or termites traversing their way through your home and garden?
At this juncture, it is critical to highlight the seriousness of the pest infestation, and by inference the need to manage it by calling a pest control company like Rove Pest Control.
Not only are pests a risk to human physical health and wellbeing, but they can also have a negative impact on the people living in the house’s psyche. Therefore, by way of expanding on the discussion around this point, the quotation mentioned above by Franz Kafka highlights the possible emotional stress caused by living in a pest-ridden environment.
Therefore, the question that must be asked and answered is: “How do you make sure that your home environment is not a pest magnet?”
The pest: A succinct definition
Before we look at the answers to this question, for the sake of completeness, let’s look at a dictionary definition of a pest.
According to Wikipedia.com, a pest is “any animal or plant detrimental to humans or human concerns, including crops, livestock, and forestry, among others.” Thus, based on this description, it stands to reason that it is essential to change your living environment to prevent pests from moving in. Otherwise, there could be dire consequences to you and your family’s physical, mental, and emotional health.
Pest control: Ways to ensure a pest-free environment
As highlighted more than once above, it is vital to ensure that your residence, including the yard, is kept pest-free. Here are four practical steps you can take to make sure your home environment does not attract pests:
It is vital to implement a year-round maintenance program that consists of the following steps: to keep the grass in your yard short, especially around your house. Additionally, it is equally important to rake up the leaves under the trees and to pick up all the tree branches that are lying on the grass. Should these be allowed to accumulate, they will provide homes for pests such as rats, mice, snakes, and insects such as termites, cockroaches, and ants.
Dirty bedding and clothing, unwashed bodies, and unbrushed teeth and hair can result in insect pests such as bed bugs, lice, and scabies moving into your living space and onto your body. Thus, it is vital to ensure that you keep up a strict personal hygiene regime by keeping your body, hair, and teeth scrupulously clean. It is equally important to change your bedding and wash your bedding and clothing regularly, especially as soon as they are dirty.
Hygiene in the home
For all of the reasons mentioned above, it is vital to keep your home clean, especially the bathrooms and the kitchen. Dirty, unwashed dishes and dirty countertops with food spills are a magnet for flies, ants, and rodents like rats and mice. Furthermore, dirty bathrooms are a magnet for rats and mice.
Finally, it is essential to make sure that the exterior of your home is well-maintained by fixing holes in insect screen doors, roofs, basements, doors, and walls before pests have time to move in. Once they have moved in, it’s challenging and costly to remove them.