• Regular vacuuming of your home will assist with removal of eggs and stimulate fleas to emerge. This is very important for overall flea eradication. This will pick up (and get rid of) adults, eggs, larvae and pupae before they develop.
• Keeping your home dusted and mopped regularly will also help prevent a major infestation inside the home. Even if you don’t have carpet, fleas will still live in your upholstered furniture, draperies, and bedding. They’ll lay eggs in cracks in the floor and around baseboards.
• Regularly wash dog blankets and bedding in hot water (>60°C for 10 minutes).
Bathing your pet in any mild shampoo for ten minutes will drown most adult fleas; use a flea comb to remove any fleas that don’t rinse out of your pet’s fur.
Avoid untreated animals entering your home environment.
• Reduce environmental sources of flea contamination (e.g. block pet access to under the house, keep moist shady areas free from debris).
Wash all bedding, clothing, and removable furniture covers regularly (weekly).
• Keep your grass mowed, weeds pulled, and bushes trimmed. Clear away debris as it accumulates and do regular inspections of your property for places where pests are apt to hide and multiply.
• Make sure any concrete slab is properly built, free of cracks and able to be inspected on all sides. Cracks can afford termites an entry point into the timber in your house.
• Avoid obvious sources of food such as timber off-cuts, ladders etc. aren’t leaning against the house or stacked up under the house, giving termites an easy and hidden entry point into the rest of your house.
Consider the landscaping. The moisture in garden beds is attractive to termites and a risk if these same garden beds butt right up against your house. Avoid using wood chips or wood mulch if gardens are against house walls. It’s all goof food to termites!
• Don’t inadvertently give termites a new entry point when doing renovations or adding extensions. Never cover up previously exposed areas.
• Get in the habit of checking monthly on your house. Regularly check the perimeter and any installed termite barriers. Check weep holes – the small holes cut into brickwork that allows moisture to escape.
• Inside, regularly check damp or moist areas such as bathrooms and laundries for signs of dampness, peeling or discoloring. A moisture meter will show if there is moisture behind a wall – a good sign of termite presence.
• Cockroach Infestations can quickly spiral out of control, so cockroach prevention is important.
• Scrupulous housekeeping in any cockroach control program cannot be overemphasized. Try the following measures to eliminate potential food and water sources and to reduce available hiding places.
• Keep food in air-tight plastic or glass containers
Ensure cupboards and benches are free of crumbs and food scraps.
• Store household rubbish in bins with tight fitting lids.
• Fix dripping taps, wipe down wet sinks and keep the toilet lid closed to eliminate access to water.
• Vacuum inside cupboards, under the fridge and around cracks and crevices to remove food sources and cockroach egg cases.
• Seal up any cracks and crevices where cockroaches may shelter.
• Seal any cracks and crevices around your home and place rolled up towels or door stoppers under your doors. Even the largest huntsman spider can flatten its body to sneak through tiny gaps.
• Control insects – spiders enter our house seeking readily available prey and will quickly move on if there are no bugs for them to eat.
• Turn off exterior lights at night time – these will attract insects into your home, encouraging spiders .
Keep your lawn mowed, bushes well pruned and yard clear of debris. This will reduce shelter for both spiders and the insects they eat.
• Remove any webs that you see in your home and stomp on any egg cases (or if you’re feeling charitable, pop them in a jar and release them in a nearby park or bushland).
• Tidy up outside toys and articles each night to avoid spiders using these things as temporary shelter.
Be alert for ground dwelling spiders after very wet conditions and after insecticidal treatments as they tend to wander further than usual .
Contact Eaton Pest Control today and stop sharing your home with unwanted guests.