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How to Control Common Household Pests

Common household pests can quickly spread if the conditions are right.

While termites are often regarded as the most destructive; other common household pests can be quite irritating for us humans to live with. They can also lead to much bigger problems if left uncontrolled. The following is a list of 4 common household pests and how you can manage them:

  1. Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests for us living here in Australia. They can usually be found living in cracks, cupboards or underneath some appliances. In regards to diet, they eat almost anything available from scraps to garbage, decaying matter or sewerage – hence; the best way to help keep cockroaches away is to ensure a clean and tidy home. Take special care to maintain bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms where dampness can build up easily and become a comfortable home for cockroaches.

  1. Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are one of the more vicious pests as they feed off human blood. Often, people only realise they have bed bugs when they notice the small bites on their bodies. Bed bug bites appear as large or small, itchy red bumps on the skin.  While they aren’t known to transmit diseases to humans, they can still cause distress to those affected. The best way to deter bed bugs from settling in your beds & furniture is to maintain a high standard of hygiene throughout. If you do find bed bugs, try to keep your home as sterile as possible by steaming carpets; washing all bedding in hot water etc. until you can have a professional assess and effectively control the problem.

  1. Ants

Ants, just like all other pests are in search of food and water. Once they find a good food source, they won’t hesitate to keep coming back to it. Just like humans, they eat similar foods which is why we commonly find their trails through our kitchens.  The best way to deter ants from coming into your home is to make sure all food is properly sealed and crumbs/spills are cleaned right away. Doing a general pest spray once a year is also highly recommended. This will help prevent the problem before it begins as it can be difficult to control afterwards. If you do decide to use a DIY pest spray; make sure to follow the trail and target the full colony not just the ants you see.

  1. Silverfish

These slinky critters feed on materials high in sugar, starch and protein and flourish in a dark and cool environment. They can often be found hiding in cupboards eating away at our clothing, blankets and books or we can find them in sinks & bathtubs while they seek moisture. The best way to avoid a silverfish infestation is to use mothballs inside closets and store seasonal clothing and blankets in plastic bags.

Leading into the Australian summer, a combination of the heat and summer storms create the perfect environment for these and other household pests. If you are experiencing trouble with any of these common pests or want to ensure a pest free summer; contact APM Solutions at 07 3828 2020 for a competitive quote on an inspection or general pest control treatment to protect your home today!