Pest infestations are a real problem for both commercial and domestic property owners alike. Empire use effective ways to get rid of pests once they’ve invaded your property. But, because infestations can be avoided with preventative measures, we also provide highly successful pest proofing methods as part of our range of services.
The phrase “prevention is better than the cure“ is very apt when it comes to pests. Drawing on our years of experience, we are here with some helpful tips for pest proofing methods. Ideally, you want to be able to stop various insects, rodents and other unwanted visitors before they become a problem.
Proofing Against Ants
Ants can be a real nightmare if you get a full-blown infestation. However, this can be avoided with some simple ant-focused pest proofing methods. Ants are attracted to food, particularly things that are sticky and sweet. They will normally be found in areas where food is stored. The best way to proof against ants is to make sure there’s nothing around that will attract them.
Always keep things clean and tidy, especially in the kitchen. Clear up food waste and messes as soon as possible. You should also check for cracks and holes where ants could enter your home easily, and block them off or seal them.
Proofing Against Bed Bugs
No-one likes the idea of sharing their bed with bugs. Especially bugs that give you horrible bites while you sleep. Rather than waiting until you have a problem with these irritating little creatures, there are some things you can do to prevent them.
- Wash and dry all clothes and linen at high temperatures
- Declutter and tidy your home to give them fewer places to hide
- That includes tidying underneath and around your beds, bedside cabinets and furniture
- Empty and clean your vacuum after each room to stop the spread of eggs around the house.
Rather than waiting until you have a problem with these irritating little creatures, there are lots of things you can do to prevent them.
Proofing Against Cockroaches
There’s also a lot you can do to stop cockroaches from becoming a problem. Some of the most effective pest proofing methods you can use against cockroaches include these steps:
- Avoid leaving food items and beverages uncovered and exposed.
- Be sure to store any dry foods in containers with tight lids.
- Rinse all plastics, bottles and cans before throwing them away.
- Empty the bins in your kitchen every day.
- Keep food areas clean and free of clutter because it attracts pests.
- Paint or varnish wooden shelves and furniture to give them a protective seal, and clean them regularly.
- Wash your dishes regularly throughout the day.
Not only are cockroaches ugly and unhygienic, they are also hard to shift once they’ve decided to infest your home or business. You need to preempt a problem before it has a chance to start.
Proofing Against Moths
It can be very hard to stop moths from gaining entry to your home, especially during the warmer months when you have the windows and doors open more often. It’s not impossible though.
- Simply keeping your curtains drawn at night, when windows are opened, can stop them gaining entry.
- Clean and vacuum as often as possible. Remember to get right under large pieces of furniture and sofas.
- Clean and dry clothing and linen properly before storing it.
For additional protection, invest in some fly screens. You can use them not only for your windows, but doors as well.
Pest Proofing Methods for Rats and Mice
If there’s one pest that most people really hate, it’s rodents like rats and mice. It should be noted that there are distinct differences between rodent species. However, the pest proofing methods you can use for mice and rats are similar.
Thoroughly checking the property for cracks and holes is crucial. They then need sealing or otherwise blocking off. Because mice have soft skeletons, they can gain access via the smallest of cracks. Check everywhere you can think of. Investigate underneath, behind and even inside everything from stoves, fridges and cabinets, to cupboards and skirting boards. This is especially important in basements and attics because there is a lot more scope for holes.
Pest Proofing Outdoors
Remember, also, to keep all areas on the exterior of the property clean and tidy. Rodents like mice and rats will first be attracted to your garden. From there, they can take it one stage further and come indoors. Therefore, pest proofing methods outside need to be put in place. Keep shrubs and lawns trimmed back. Remove excess clutter. Check inside and underneath your garden shed regularly, as this can be a favourite nesting place. If you have a composter or compost pile, turn it regularly to keep newly added scraps covered.
Professional Pest Proofing
While some of these tasks need to be done by you and your family, hiring a professional pest proofing service can be the most efficient way forward. This is especially true for businesses. Here at Empire, our customers can attest to the effectiveness of our very successful pest proofing methods.
We have some amazing feedback on CheckATtade, where you can see our reviews for yourself. You can rely on an exceptional service because we have an established track record.
Act now to prevent pests from entering your property before the warmer weather increases the likelihood of an infestation! Call us today for a residential or commercial quote on 0800 633 5220.