How to keep pests away from your home

Household pests are not just annoying, sometimes they can be dangerous as they can spread diseases, attack and kill other animals and even attack humans. Thankfully there are numerous ways to keep your household pest-free.

One of the most repellent intruders is the cockroach. Or cockroaches, as they don’t invade home alone and they breed quickly. You can keep them at bay by putting down certain oils to repel them. Cockroaches don’t like the odour of oils such as Olbas Oil or Kwaan Long Oil which you can obtain from a pharmacy. It’s important to keep roaches away as they can trigger allergic reactions in humans, especially asthmatics.

Avoid keeping waste food in your home – even a compost heap outside will attract scavengers of various types. Install a garbage disposal unit and throw your leftovers down the sink. By doing this, you are depriving the roaches of a food source. Seal up any cracks in walls that cockroaches can enter through and don’t keep any cardboard lying around as they will turn it into a cockroach maternity unit.

Another hated invader is the rat. Rats also carry diseases, steal food, damage plants and will attack if necessary. Again, seal any openings that the rats may be using to enter. Clean up and tidy up any mess as the rats could use it as a den. Set traps and put down rat poison, if appropriate. If you have other animals in the house, ensure that they don’t eat the poison as it could be lethal for them. If you have time and have a steady aim, you can use a high-powered air rifle to kill the rats yourself. Only do this if you are a good shot as you may end up wounding the rat and causing it much unnecessary suffering. Rats don’t know that they are health hazards for humans, they are just trying to get on with life and don’t deserve to suffer at its end.

In cities and rural areas alike, foxes can be a pest, raiding gardens and killing small animals at night. A natural deterrent for the foxes is human urine. If you demarcate your territory, cutting off the foxes’ path, they will not enter any more. The same applies if you encourage your dog to go to the toilet in the garden. The fox will notice that a larger animal lives there and won’t want to risk a confrontation.

Centipedes can be dangerous invaders and certain types can hospitalise and even kill adult humans. Kill any centipedes you see in your home on sight. You will be able to identify the type you are dealing with. At this point it’s probable that you should cease walking around barefoot and keep your footwear in an elevated place.

Killing a couple of centipedes may be enough to stop the invasion as they don’t breed quickly or invade in numbers. One of the smartest things you can do is to eliminate moisture from your home. Centipedes thrive in moist environments, as do plenty of other bugs. If you have a mosquito problem – address your moisture issues now. Mosquitoes breed in shallow water and carry all kind of terrible infections such as malaria, dengue fever and zika.

If you take the steps mentioned above, the chances of being bothered much more by pests is low. If you do happen to find that some creatures continue to try to enter your home, you may have to go on the offensive and hunt them down in the area around your house.

An ultraviolet light will make bugs such as scorpions glow in the dark. Hunt for them at night when they are active. You can kill them off one-by-one using long-handled tweezers. If you are worried about dangerous spiders entering your house you can put down vinegar which will discourage them from entering. You can hunt dangerous spiders with tongs to pick up rocks and foliage they may be hiding under. The most dangerous spiders don’t build webs, so looking out for them isn’t going to do much good. They don’t wait for their prey to come to them, they actively hunt it down. That it what you will have to do to rid your house of deadly venomous spiders.