Pests away: top tips for a cleaner home
Bed bugs, rats, and fleas are just a few of the nasty critters that spring to mind when we think about unwanted pests in the home. Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to minimize the risk of finding an unwelcome visitor waiting to surprise you just when you thought it was safe to relax.
Reduce the chance of unwanted visitors
Consider installing mesh on windows, doors, and vents, or a special anti-insect door curtain or screen to keep out flies, mosquitoes, and other flying bugs. Take a good look at your home and identify any gaps where creatures might get in; then seal any cracks or holes. It is also a good idea to fix any plumbing leaks as moisture and humidity will attract insects. Outside, cut back any heavy vegetation, ivy, and branches that brush against your windows, roof, and walls. Clear away piles of wood and compost that are lying near to your door, and store firewood at a suitable distance from your doors and windows.
Use halogen or sodium vapor bulbs on the outside of your home as these will not attract as many bugs. Tiki torches and citronella candles outside on the patio or decking area can help repel bugs. Consider motion sensor lights outside, or turn lights off when not in use. Do not hang outside lights directly over doors as this will encourage flying bugs to come inside; have the light point at the door instead so that visitors have enough light when they enter and exit your home.
Inside, yellow bulbs are less visible to most bugs than white bulbs. Clean away sticky spills and dropped food, and keep food in secure storage containers so that you don’t encourage ants, wasps, and bees. Vacuum regularly to get rid of pet hair, dust, cobwebs, and spider webs, and wipe surfaces with a damp cloth and keep them dust-free. Take the rubbish out of the house in sealed trash bags. If you have pets, keep their living, sleeping and toilet area extra clean. Regularly wash patio and decking areas with water and a suitable cleaning product. Bathe your dog with an insect-repellent shampoo, and keep up to date with its flea and worm treatments.
For an even cleaner, more hygienic home, have your carpets cleaned professionally. Chem-Dry Carpet and upholstery cleaning Ottawa uses a process that removes 98% of allergens from upholstered fabrics, including carpets, rugs, furniture, and mattresses. The process also eliminates 89% of airborne bacteria, so the environment will be much more hygienic and healthy. The cleaning solution that Chem-Dry Ottawa uses contains no harsh chemicals and is non-toxic to people and pets, plus carpets stay cleaner for much longer. Tiny carbonating bubbles work deep down in the carpet fibers to break up the dirt, grime, and bacteria. The dirt rises to the surface of the carpet and is cleaned away. It will help to eliminate dust, pollen, germs, spills, food crumbs, stains, cigarette smoke, spills, environmental pollutants, and dead skin cells, which provide a food source for harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, dust mites, and mold.
Finally, if you do think you have a problem with pests, seek professional advice to identify the pest concerned.