5 Best Pest Control Tips and Tricks to Keep Pests Away

Do you notice about 12 months after your home is treated with a pest spary those nasty pests start creeping back in? That’s a sure sign that your home is due for another pest treatment.

Regardless of that, there can be some things that are attracting those unwanted house guests, known as pests!

Cockroaches are attracted to food scraps, while spiders are generally more outdoor creatures who accidentally find themselves in your home (unless they’re a house spider), which means they may be seeking shelter or just stumbled across an open door or window.  Where as mice and rats (rodents) are attracted to both food and shelter, so it’s best to follow the below tips and tricks to keep all unwanted pests out of your home.

What are the top 5 best tips and tricks to keep pests away?

1. Don’t let water stand

Stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and some mosquitoes carry deadly diseases. Ensure any buckets of water left outside, in the kitchen and laundry are always poured into the garden.

2. Look at installing security/fly screens

Fly screens or security screens offer protection against flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches and bees or wasps.

3. Keep areas clean

Keeping the kitchen benchtops and floor, as well as the bathroom areas clean from food scraps will deter pests from being attracted into your home. Cockroaches, mice and rats love to forage for food inside a home, so maintaining a high level of cleanliness is key to ensure you have a pest free home

4. Keep areas around the outside of your home clean

Termites enjoy rotting wood around the outside of the home, so it’s always best to remove any dead tree’s from outside the home.

5. Empty compost bins & garbage bins regularly

We all enjoy composting these days, which also means for most of us we have a small compost bin on our kitchen bench tops for ease and convenience of placing food scraps in here before heading out to the garden to the larger compost bin. These smaller bench top compost bins are a perfect attraction for pests. Ensure you remove fruit and vegetable scraps from the benchtops and empty your kitchen benchtop compost bin regularly.

Even though we might not be able to smell our concealed garbage bin inside the cupboard, pests can, so they become easily attracted to it. Throw away your garbage regularly.

Maintaining a clean home is vital to keeping pests at bay. Practicing the above top 5 tips throughout the year and after you’ve had your home sprayed by our KR Pest Control team will ensure you have greater success of not having those unwanted house guests.

If you’re due for a pest treatment inside your home or unit, but aren’t sure what time of the year is best for pest control, then it’s time to book in for your treatment. Anytime of the year is a great time to treat your home. Contact our team on the form below or by visiting our contact us page.

We can discuss all related pest treatment requirements you have and even offer you advice on how to spot termite activity and treat them.

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Give one of our friendly team a call to discuss your General Pest Control needs or fill in the below form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for an answer to a common question? Read through some of our most commonly asked questions.

Termites, Cockroaches (both large and small), spiders (all kinds) ants, silverfish and rodents.

All areas are covered in our pest sprays without exclusion. This will include all applicable areas externally, internally, gardens, pathways, letterbox, driveway, windows, eaves, guttering, weep holes, garage, sheds, cubby houses, washing lines, subfloor, roof void, storage areas and fences. We also use cockroach bait in kitchen cupboard hinges. We do not spray fruit trees or herb gardens, fish ponds and fish tanks. Please advise our technician of any area you would like excluded before commencement.

If the forecast is for heavy rain it’s best to reschedule – light rain is fine. We need enough time for the external spray to fully dry for it to be effective. If it is forecast to rain not long after the treatment we will call you to reschedule. If it is windy we may also need to reschedule as we cannot control our spray and it may pose a risk to our technician or your neighbours.

Generally, you can be home while we spray. We ask you keep some footwear on for at least two hours and stay inside. Pregnant women and young children must vacate for two hours.

Internally – We spray around all skirting boards, please move loose items at least 30cm from the wall or onto tables or beds. It is not necessary to move large pieces of furniture. The more coverage we can achieve the more effective the spray will be. We don’t use anything airborne internally so there is no need to cover benches or other sensitive areas. Externally – Ensure pet toys and bowls are put away, children toys should be neat and tidy all in the the one area so we can create a ‘safe zone’ that isn’t exposed to any spray. Please remove all washing from clothes lines.

Yes we ensure your pets are safe, our staff have tarpaulins on board for bird and rabbit hutches. We make sure pet bowls are turned upside down before we start spraying and ask for any pet toys to be put away. The pets can be stored in an area like the garage or laundry whilst the rest of the house is treated then released after one hour or alternatively if they can be taken out of the house for 1-2 hours, it will be safe when they return. During the warmer months the external spray dries within 10 minutes so if we start outside the pets can be let into the yard when we start spraying internally.

We ensure that your children are safe, this is achieved with safe practices and the use of the safest products used in the correct areas. No children’s play equipment or toys are sprayed with residual products. We have a non-residual aerosol we can use to treat spiders and other pests in these areas. We also have a company policy not to spray a house with anyone pregnant or young children inside.

No it is not necessary to clean the floors, our internal water based spray is microencapsulated meaning once it is fully dry it is safe, it is recommended you do not mop the floors for 48 hours after our spray.

We also offer termite inspections and treatments, possum control/removal, rodent proofing and bed bugs treatments, speak to our friendly staff for more information.

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