14 Jan Keep the bugs at bay while your away!
If you’re like most of us, your summer holiday has been the single thing keeping you motivated through a manic lead-up to Christmas. You’ve fantasised about that delicious relaxed feeling you intend to embrace from the moment you sign-off at work and, hopefully, until long after you return.
Unfortunately, if there’s anything that will burst that bubble upon return from your vacay, it’s a bug infestation!
Although there are a million things you need to think about when you’re preparing to go away, prepping your house to be pest-free is worthy of being added to the list. Taking the time to ensure your house is defended against unwanted guests really should be a non-negotiable.
Follow these steps to help draw out every little bit of that post-holiday glow.
Clean before you go – Giving your home a decent clean-out may feel like the last thing you want to do before a holiday. But, trust me, it’s the best thing you can do! Removing food scraps, plus clearing out any fruit and veg which is destined to slowly rot on the bench, removes tempting morsels for our 6-legged friends. If time permits, try and squeeze in a load of washing to remove any extra hiding places. Finally, wash out your bins and ensure you don’t have meat sitting out in your bin waiting to be collected for days on end. If necessary, store it in the freezer and deal with it when you get home.
Ensure the pets are cared for – The cost of a kennel may be overwhelming but, at the very least, try to convince a neighbour to help with your pets while you’re away. Leaving out food and not picking up their poo is too much temptation for those bug we’re trying to avoid. Before you go, we’d recommend giving your pets’ bedding a wash and checking that they’re up to date with their flea and tick treatments.
Remove anything touching your external walls – Do a check around the outside of your house and prune back any branches which may be providing easy access for pests. You may have building supplies waiting to be used in your summer projects upon your return. If so, pack them up as much as you can and store them a some distance from your house.
Check your washers – Dripping taps, particularly in our current water restrictions, should definitely be attended to. Mosquitos are just one insect who love the look of a nice, still body of water. To avoid giving them a chance to lay their eggs, ensure internal and external taps are not leaking and forming tempting puddles.
Close the gaps – Ideally you’d check the whole house for any sneaky entry points. Bugs love sneaking in any cracks, whether they’re around the windows, doors, or even between floor boards. However, I get that you’re probably short on time and desperate to get away so, do your best to cover up where you can and make sure all windows and doors are closed before you skip out on your vaycay.
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]