If you’ve had a pest infestation in your place and you live in an apartment, the odds of you controlling the pests is even higher than when you are living in a house. For one, your unit is interconnected with all the other units. Therefore, one unit’s infestation can lead to affecting the entire building.
Even if you’ve been religiously putting on solutions in your unit on potential pest hotspots, some pests can still seep through especially if the infestation in your neighbor’s unit is terrible. It can be frustrating if you’re one of those clean freaks who would do whatever they can to keep their place spotless. If the problem is more than you can handle, professionals like Broadway Exterminating pest control should be the most viable option.
If you are living in an apartment, what can you do to prevent pest infestation in your unit? How can you manage to keep your unit safe from the threats of pests in other units getting into your area? There is no one foolproof way, but you can always prevent infestation from happening by taking the necessary precautions.
Here are some of the most effective tips on how to prevent pest infestation in your apartment:
1. All begins at home
Putting on chemicals on possible pest hotspots is just a Band-Aid solution to any pest problem. The first and most important thing you must do is to make sure your area is clean. Cleaning does not only pertain to sweeping the floors and dusting your curtains—those are the easy parts. You have to go the extra mile and make sure you tidy up the little things, like the breadcrumbs left in your toaster, the swig of oil that you’ve spilled on the oven, the bits of meat you left on the kitchen sink after prep. These little things make a big difference in ensuring that you protect your space from pest infestation.
Pests like dark, dank, and moist places. So, if you keep your place always clean, dry, and spotless, you don’t get to attract pests.
If you are a hoarder, now is the time to rethink your life. Pests also like thriving in cluttered spaces, so if you have lots of old magazines, cardboard, paper, clothes, and bedsheets stuck in your home, consider throwing these away to prevent pests from hiding in them. It is interesting how pests like staying in places which we think of as “wastes.” If you are having second thoughts with that old magazine that you used to like, or that sweater that’s two sizes small but you hope you can fit into in the future, then be firm and throw these away immediately. Not only will you get to declutter your home, but you can also protect it from possible pest infestation.
2. Have your faucets fixed
Leaky pipes are the number one cause of pest infestation in many houses and apartments, and there is a good reason why. As mentioned, pests love to thrive in dark and moist places, and leaky pipes provide an excellent breeding ground for these pests. Check all faucets in your unit to make sure everything is a snug fit. To be sure, you can contact your local plumber to check your pipes. If you keep your pipes dry and out of moisture’s way, you can ensure that your place will be safe from pest infestation.
These are some of the things you can do at home to ensure a pest-free environment for you and your family. Go the extra mile to clean your house and to check for faulty pipes. Do general cleaning every month so you can keep on decluttering your home, to check for possible pest hotspots.