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Hi Everyone,
I recently made a list of pest control do it yourself tips to promote my business here in Bali, maybe this is helpful for someone on Contractor Talk as well...

Bali Pest Control Do It Yourself Tips

It's quite annoying spotting a cockroach, mouse or some other uninvited pest in your home. Constantly battling mosquitoes that are sucking the literal life blood of you and your loved ones can be a real drag too, especially when they're a year round nuisance like here in Bali.

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, windows and any other entry points for cracks and gaps. Make repairs regularly as 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 house 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 find it quickly. Always store dry foods like cereal, cookies, crackers etc. in sealable containers or resealable plastic 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 accumulate smelly gunk. This gunk can attract pests and even create an ideal breeding site, especially for flies or 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 an important step in mosquito control. Standing water is a prime breeding place 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 spouts 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 drains can cause mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and malaria, especially here in Bali. 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 expels water, don’t keep a bucket under it to collect that water. Look for alternatives such as a pipe to carry the water out and away from your home. At the very least, empty and clean the bucket every day. Eliminating standing water is one of the prime do it yourself pest control tips, don't overlook it!

11. Maintain Your Garden Properly

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 easily use to reach your home exterior and then find a way inside. Dirt or mulch in garden beds also provides great breeding grounds for pests, so instead of using dirt or 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 local Pest Experts

We hope you find these tips empowering and useful to reduce the number of pests in your house. Sometimes however you may need professional help, especially if you're dealing with a complicated issue like termite control or bed bugs in Bali. There's nothing wrong with getting help and advice from our friendly experienced pest control Bali pros. Bali Pest Control Jaya will help you minimize these harmful pests quickly and effectively. Our experts are well trained and use safe and effective chemicals and strategies to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.

If you're not in Bali, then find a good local pest service to help you, wherever in the world you may be.


Enjoy your day! :)
 

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Sometimes even those elements mentioned above don't help. For example, when I had a problem with pests in my house, I tried everything, but it didn't help me. I removed food, water, and shelter but had no results. So I started to look for some pests services on the internet and found a great one brightpestcontrol.com.au. I had called them, and they came in the very day and got rid of pests. They did a great job, and most of all, I appreciated the thing that they worked with non-toxic pesticides. So, sometimes you need to call a professional service instead of getting rid of pests yourself.
 
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