You’ve most probably read in previous Topbest articles that insects and other pests are drawn to your home because of the mess you haven’t cleaned up. Well, with everything you’ve read up to this point, this article can definitely say that it’s true. Be it an abundance of moisture or food particles, pests tend to gravitate towards a messy home. And as a homeowner and a family-oriented individual, you definitely wouldn’t want that.
The mess you leave in your home don’t only attract pests, but they are some of the most inconvenient instances in any home. People can trip on something, things get misplaced, and most of all, they can prove hazardous to one’s safety. Luckily, with these tips, you won’t have anything to worry about for a long time.
If you wish for a clutter-free home that won’t require you to contact termite control (when it’s actually too late) and spend some money, here are some daily routines you need to follow religiously.
Your top magnets for pests in your home are food particles and spilt liquids on the floor. Their smell, especially if they’re sweet, will definitely bring ants, termites, rats, flies and other rodents. Make sure any food crumbs are swept away and spilt liquids mopped
Also, when this is done, you won’t have to feel a bit ‘crusty’ or ‘sticky’ when laying on the couch watching TV, or when you’re just walking around the house barefoot. Just remember to take the time to sweep or mop any bits or stains you see on the floor.
Even if you clean the mess in your kitchen, pests will still invade if you leave an entire cake out or a Coke bottle uncovered. Store food in airtight or glass containers, as pests can always chew through plastic. Better yet, keep both food and drinks (especially sweet ones) inside the fridge. Cold temperatures repel pests.
Plus, doing this helps keep your food as fresh as you want, or at least before the expiration date approaches. Besides, a lot of pests are attracted to foul and rotten food so it’s better to just store it in your fridge or anywhere with the right temperature.
You know what else pests like rodents like? Moisture. So if they see one of your nicest, polos lying on the ground, they might make it their permanent base of operations. So the next time you take out your clothes when you get home, don’t leave them on the floor. Throw them immediately to the hamper.
Also, doing your laundry on a regular basis can help your situation at home as well. Carefully organizing your laundry to do for the day can gradually decrease any chance of clutter spreading in your home, not to mention the decrease in any pests making any appearances. There’s nothing like fresh-smelling laundry to assure you that you and your home are safe from an infestation of any kind.
Cellulose is a material part of a termite’s diet. This is why they eat through wood, paper, even cardboard and boxes. So throw away all scratch papers, unused boxes, and cardboard, as these could easily be havens for these cellulose-eating creatures. In addition, you might want to consider buying non-wood furniture as well.
Speaking of furniture, there are other materials besides wood that can make up the furniture. There’s plastic, ceramic, and even other recycled materials. These materials can serve you just as efficient as wooden furniture so be sure to take them into consideration
Do you really need to go on a shopping spree every month to buy things you barely even use or need? Also, is it really worth splurging your hard-earned money on weekly coffee hangouts and on dining in expensive restaurants on a frequent basis? If it’s not at all necessary, then don’t buy it. Save your money instead. You’d be amazed on how saving can turn even a single coin into a bunch of bills in your wallet.
Besides, if you spend a lot and end up having too much stuff, you end up storing them in every nook and cranny you need, which leads to…
…Hoarding. That is, an unhealthy attitude of keeping so many things you don’t need. If you have an entire bodega devoted to all the items you’ve bought, but never used; or things from the past, take them out, sort them into those you can either use, give away, or throw, and then apply.
It may be hard at first as some of these items may have instilled in you an emotional sentiment, which can lead to disposing of it being more difficult than it was before. But once you get into the groove day by day, you’ll feel your home become lighter in terms of mood, plus, lesser pests, really.
This tip will always remain a key component in keeping your home as clean and orderly as you wish. The best way to do this is to divide your belongings in different categories depending on their functions and purposes. That way, you’ll be able to keep your things from being misplaced, from being misused, and in time, you’ll be able to make your home feel as light as ever in terms of space. This can also help in decreasing the chances of pests appearing in your home.
Also, when it comes to un-hoarding some items, organization can play a vital role here as you can determine which item stays or goes.
Your home will always remain as a safe haven for you and your family. If you wish to keep it clean and keep ay pest out there at bay, apply these things in your everyday life and see the results for yourselves.