This month I’d like to talk about pest control and the importance of protecting your home and health from this problem. After working in the building industry for the past 15 years, I have seen numerous sights of the dilapidation pests can cause to people’s homes, finances and most importantly, their health. Upon reflection, I’ve determined pest inspections and ongoing pest management are important in maintaining the quality of your home and livelihood.

Household pests can include a variety of creatures, from pestering moths to dirty cockroaches to destructive termites.

If you are not yet a homeowner but are in the market, I’d highly recommend hiring a building and pest inspection specialist to examine the property as a precaution. Being well aware of any building defects and past pest infestations will aid you in choosing to buy or walk from the property. The last thing you want to do is purchase before discovering any defects within the building. 

As a homeowner, you must maintain that pests don’t devastate your property. There are a few short-term methods to help prevent any infestation, which I would highly recommend. The first and most obvious suggestion would be to clean your home regularly and free of clutter.

Kitchens are undoubtedly the most troublesome area. If your kitchen suffers the pestering of ants, moths and cockroaches, it is important to ensure that you keep your food out of their reach. Ensure stove tops and benches are always wiped over and cleaned after use to stop attracting any unwanted guests.

Cockroaches love damp, wet places and are often found under toilets and sinks. Make sure you fix any leaking faucets. Also, seal off any cracks and crevices around your home to reduce access to pests.

Dust mites thrive on warmth and humidity, so are mostly found in beds, clothing and stuffed animals. It’s important to vacuum not only the floors but also mattresses and pillows and wash linen at a temperature higher than 55 degrees Celsius.

So take charge and protect the value of your homes and your family’s health from pest infestation by performing regular maintenance and undergoing regular pest inspections.