Like many people, you may have always thought that pests won’t invade your home as long as you keep it neat and clean. If only it were that simple. While it’s true that some pests are drawn to less-than-sanitary conditions like cockroaches, flies and ants, many others will make themselves a home in even the tidiest of places. Therefore, you shouldn’t take an infestation as a sign that your housekeeping skills need to improve.
you may have always thought that pests won’t invade your home
With that being said, it’s never a bad idea to keep the premises as clean as possible. Pests like cockroaches, rodents and ants seek out places where they can easily find food, and homes that aren’t swept, vacuumed and scrubbed down regularly attract them more. With the volume of treatment we do per year we can easily say that there is a relation between a clean house and less volume of infestation, but there is no official data or research in this matter. Also in a city like Sydney weather conditions play an important role. You can check this yourself, leaving a few crumbs on a patio will instantly attract large numbers of ants. If your home isn’t properly sealed against pest, the same phenomenon can occur within its walls.
Even if you’re obsessed with cleaning, certain pests will still be drawn to your home. Bed bugs are a prime example. They typically hitchhike their way into people’s homes via luggage, shoes and clothing. They feed on dead skin cells and other materials that are abundant in even the cleanest homes. Spiders are the same way. They’ll happily hunker down in someone’s home regardless of how clean it is. All they want is shelter from predators and a convenient place to find other pests to feed on.
People often take it personally when they discover pest infestations and assume that their cleaning habits aren’t up to minimal standards. Even if pests like cockroaches and ants make it into a home, it’s not necessarily because the premises are dirty. Cleaning even more vigorously isn’t going to alleviate the problem. Once an infestation is underway, the only way to put a stop to it is by contacting a pest control technician. This situation can get a bit sensible and is the Pest Controller duty of care to give advice to the customer in terms of cleaning and how to prevent another infestation in the future. Also we can give you advice in how to protect your house from the outside to the inside, like sealing up entry points, eliminating standing water and other moisture-related problems, improvement of subfloor ventilation.