26 Mar Avoiding an isolation infestation
Something I’ve been thinking about, as we’re all spending our time at home, in isolation, is the increased awareness of pests in our homes. See, with all the time we’re spending indoors, coupled with the (welcome) increase in rainfall across Sydney, you’ll be much more aware of the pests in your house. And no, I’m not referring to everyone’s home-schooling arrangements!
Something you’re probably coming to realise during this period is, slightly cooler weather, coupled with a bit of rainfall reveals all kinds of creepy crawlies around the house. You’ve got the ones that want to come inside out of the wet and cold and then you’ve also got the ones sneaking around your backyard, relishing the damp. Add to that all the extra time spent at home, it’s no wonder you’re noticing more scuttling across the floorboards!
With that in mind, let’s talk about some of the critters you may be sensing, lurking in the shadows of your home:
Cockroaches – these guys love hiding in drains, pipes and foundations when the weather starts to get cooler as they’re warm and humid. That is, until it rains. To escape the damp, you’ll find them sneaking into your home and, once they’re in and they know how cosy it is, they’re unlikely to want to go back outside.
Ants – there’s a reason why you see ants everywhere you turn, there are a whole lot of them in the world! This means, there’s likely a colony (or three!) near your home. When it rains, ants flee to higher ground, ie. your house. Given that they’re such crafty little scavengers, once they’ve found a reliable food source in your pantry, just like cockroaches, they’ll make themselves very comfortable.
Spiders – love warmth and humidity however, they also like to feed on the pests above who are now, very comfortable sharing your home. As their favourite meal is now co-habiting with you, it makes sense that spiders are not far behind! In fact, seeing these are a reasonable indication you may have a bigger pest problem on your hands.
Birds & Possums – if you’re hearing scuttling in your roof, you may need to check for evidence of these. Possums, in particular, will be noticed by their late-night frolicking and tendency to mark their territory. The warm, dry shelter provided by your roof space may be far too tempting for birds and possums and, similar to those above, once they’ve made themselves at home, it’s hard to evict them.
So, how can you avoid these houseguests?
The very first thing you need to do to ensure bugs and pests can’t get into your house is to seal up any kind of entry point. Keep doors shut, check for cracks and ensure your gutters and eves are sealed.
As I mentioned earlier, if any of these can find food in your house, they’ll want to stay. Therefore, you need to regularly wipe down your benches, sweep your floors and ensure your bins are well sealed. It’s also worthwhile doing a check of your pantry to check that food is securely stored, with no accessible entry points.
If you’re currently in isolation and you’ve noticed some of these in your home, don’t be alarmed! While we navigate our way through COVID-19, I’ll be offering over the phone consultations. Simply send a picture of the offending houseguest and I’ll schedule time to talk you through some ways to minimise the damage caused through this period. From there, we can schedule a home visit to evict them once and for all, when this corona crisis has eased.
Thanks again for all your support. I hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and well through this period and I look forward to the day we can all return to our regular lives. Take care. For more information on any of these steps or to find out how we can help you have a pest-free summer, drop us a line at [email protected]