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  • Pest Control Quick Tips for Bali

    Hi Everyone, here's some pest control do it yourself tips I wrote, hopefully it's helpful since Bali has so many bugs haha:

    Pest Control Do It Yourself Quick Tips

    Keep pesky bugs and rodents away from your home, family and friends all year long with these easy-peasy do it yourself pest control tips, courtesy of Bali Pest Control Jaya:

    1. Block Pests Entry to Your Home

    Your first important line of defense is to make it difficult for pests to even find an entry to your home. Check around your doors and windows for cracks or gaps, and replace window stripping when needed. Make sure the seals on all the doors of the house are tight too, there should be no gaps where pests can get in.

    2. Use Window Screens

    Window screens are key to preventing pests such as flies, mosquitoes, spiders and cockroaches from coming in. These screens will not only help with ventilation for your home, but also prevent pests from entering. This is an effective way to keep many types of pests out of your house. Also, if there are any broken window screens, panes or glasses, repair them asap. Check all your screens for holes or tears monthly.

    3. Keep Your Kitchen Clean

    Pests thrive in dirty and damp atmospheres, so keep your kitchen clean! A pile of crumbs on your kitchen counter or floor is like a treasure to ants and other insects, and they will find it quickly, sometimes within minutes. Wipe your counters and stove-top , sweep your floors, put food away promptly after eating, and take out the trash regularly (daily is ideal). Keep your kitchen drawers clean as well, ants will sniff out a mess almost anywhere. Wipe them daily with a disinfectant cleaner. This pest control tip may not completely eliminate the pest infestation problem, but it surely will reduce the number of pests in your house. Regular cleaning even after a professional pest control visit is very important to ensure your house stays pest free. It's also a great productive habit.

    4. Store Food in Sealed Containers

    Some pests, such as rodents and ants, have an excellent sense of smell. Annoyingly so actually. If there's an open food container somewhere in your home, odds are they will zero in on it. Always store pantry foods, such as cereal, crackers, cookies etc. in reusable containers or resealable bags, especially if the original packaging can't be fully sealed or if the seal is broken. Clean out your pantry on a weekly basis to get rid of spoiled food or other items you don't plan to eat. This tip will greatly help to minimize the attraction for pests in your kitchen and pantry.

    5. Don’t keep fruits and vegetables out for long

    Fruits and vegetables can attract ants, flies, roaches and other insects. Avoid keeping cut and ripe fruits out of the fridge for long, eat it then put it away promptly. For bananas that need to ripen, put them in plastic bags or plastic storage containers to allow them to ripen without attracting unwanted house guests.

    6. Regularly Clean Your Home

    The cleaner and better maintained your home is, the less attraction it will have for pests. When you keep up on your sweeping, mopping, and other household chores, you greatly reduce the areas where a pest might be able to make a home for itself. Plus, you'll be picking up crumbs and other potential food sources, and you're likely to spot any potential entrances for pests before they become a problem. Another benefit to regularly cleaning is your home will be much more enjoyable for you to live in!

    7. Don't Forget to Clean Your Drains

    Sink and floor drains can often accumulate smelly slimy debris. This can attract pests and even create a breeding site for bugs such as flies and mosquitoes. Make sure you regularly inspect and clean all the drains in your home, especially the kitchen and shower / bathrooms (remember to check bathroom floor drains too). Baking soda and vinegar make an excellent and safe homemade drain cleaner, providing a nice foaming action that flushes out clogs.

    8. Dispose of Garbage Regularly

    Ideally, garbage should be disposed of every single day. At the very least keep it in a container with a lid. If it's stinky, definitely get it out of your home! An accumulation of garbage can lead to rodent and cockroach infestations. This gets even worse when you allow rotten food particles to stay all around the house. This can lead to spread of diseases especially if you have pets or children.

    9. Properly Dispose of Trash and Litter

    Most people know that household garbage can attract pests, such as ants, roaches, rodents, even raccoons. However, yard waste also can draw pests that might see it either as a potential nest or food source. Make sure that all of your trash bins have tight-fitting lids, and regularly clean the bins and area where they are stationed to remove debris and spills. Old spills are stinky and also potential food sources for pests!

    10. Get Rid of Standing Water

    Eliminating standing water as much as possible near your home is the first step to controlling mosquitoes. Standing water is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. Regularly walk your property to check for it. Ideally this is a weekly task especially in tropical or rain prone environments. Look in rain gutters and check for leaks near your air conditioning unit. Mosquitoes and other pests breed in stagnant water. Clean the area around your home, and make sure you also clean the drains running outside your house. Dirty water in the drains can cause mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and malaria. Also, if you have buckets in your bathroom for laundry etc, keep them dry when they are not being used. If you have an air-conditioner that eliminates water, don’t keep a vessel under it to collect water. Look for alternatives such as a pipe to carry the water out as soon as it gets there. At the very least, empty and clean the vessel every day. Eliminating standing water is one of the prime do it yourself pest control tips, don't overlook it!

    11. Maintain Your Garden

    Maintain your garden, keep it neat and clean to avoid unwanted pests like mosquitoes, rats and ants. Pick up leaf litter, plant clippings, and standing water weekly, all of which can provide ideal environments for pests to breed. Also, fill in holes or pits where water can accumulate. If you have a pond or a water fountain in the garden, clean it regularly. Ideally these also shouldn't be positioned too closely to your home either. Trim plants on a regular basis to avoid wild, bushy growths, or have a gardening service do this for you.

    12. Minimize Plants and Mulch

    Trim back any tree branches or shrubbery that touch your home. This is key and helps eliminate natural bridges that pests can use to easily reach your house and find a way inside. Mulch in garden beds can also provide great shelter for pests. Instead of using mulch in areas that touch the foundation of your home, use less pest attractive ground cover such as rocks.

    13. Plant Diversity

    If you have a home garden, choose plants and landscaping elements that help repel pests and encourage biodiversity. A yard that is primarily one plant species, such as only grass, is more likely to become a haven for a single type of insect. Biodiversity in a yard encourages a healthy, balanced ecosystem and can reduce the risk of infestation. This is definitely a topic to a Google search for, and choose plants that are native to your area.

    14. Dispose of things you don’t need

    Declutter your house. You'd be surprised how effective a pest control strategy this can be. If you have old items, unused boxes, packaging materials etc. lying around your house gathering dust, or you have toys your children have outgrown, then donate, sell or get rid of these items. They are potential hot spots for insects and germs. If you are finding it difficult to decide whether to get rid of something or not, ask yourself this: Will I use this item in the next few months? If the answer is no, then most likely it’s time to throw it out! Decluttering your house will also improve the look and feel of your home as an added bonus.

    15. Use These Kinds of Light Bulbs

    This is a great tip that many people aren't even aware of... To reduce flying insects around doors, use bulbs that have pink, yellow, or orange tints as these will be least attractive to insects. You also might want to consider changing the location of your lights if possible. While it is common to place lights on exterior walls near doors, a better idea for pest control is to position the lights farther away from your house, on a pole for example. This will keep most of the insects by the pole and not your house. You can still make sure the light illuminates the door for safety purposes.

    16. Contact a professional pest control service

    Hopefully you find these tips useful to reduce the number of pests in your house. Sometimes you need professional help though, and there's nothing wrong with that. Bali Pest Control Jaya will help you get rid of these harmful pests once and for all. Our professionals are friendly, well trained and use safe and effective chemicals and strategies to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. 

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