Vermin infestation is any home owner’s worst nightmare. One
can’t find any rest knowing that some pests are lurking about the house right
under your nose. The ladies of the house would scream while the kids would cry,
and your own disgust would bother you to no ends. You would ask yourself “What
went wrong?’ Was the house not clean enough?
And the worst of all is the expenses which have to be paid for getting
rid of them. It’s normal to have some sort of pest come up at some point in
time, but with a few tips and your house can be pest free in no time, and that
too forever. Your home
emergency insurance might cover the expenses so fret not! If you don't have insurance, or even if you do, there
are solutions to this problem which you can explore if you find yourself in this awful situation.
If you are living on rent then you don’t have to worry at
all because this is something which your landlord has to cover (unless you
signed a contract which says otherwise), or the local pest clearing
First let’s determine what are pests and vermin
- These include rodents (rats and mice), cockroaches, mites,
fleas, bedbugs and ants.
- Who should bear the responsibility for clearing them out?
- As mentioned previously, it depends on your tenancy
- If the problem occurred before you moved in
- If the problem was caused by disrepair
- If something you have or have not done which has caused this
It’s not always easy to determine the cause, but the local
environmental health officer or pest control authority can figure it out.Kinds of pests and what they are attracted to:
- Cockroaches—they love warm temperatures therefore the
kitchen is the go to place for them. You will most likely find them hiding in
the cabinets, cracks and crevices under the cooker
- Ants—they have a sweet tooth so you will find them near
sugary and sticky food items such honey, candy and even sugar jars. Ants make colonies
pretty quickly so it’s best to nip them in the bud.
- Mice—again, warm temperature is what they love. You will
most likely find them in storage rooms or attics where they sneak easily and
hide under various things. You can even see them lurking about where there is
- Rats need some sort of a water source and food so you will
also see them near the kitchen and even in the garden area if you have fruits
Tips to prevent infestation
- Keep your rubbish bins covered at all times, and
make sure they are always emptied on a regular basis. Bins attract these pests
like bees to honey.
- Always clean up any crumbs or spills in the kitchen counter
or on the floor.
- Keep food in sealed containers in the fridge and never
- Keep all your windows closed and install a net, this way you
will still get fresh air without letting any pest or vermin inside.
- Always inspect the area for any holes, ant trails, cracks,
and crevices and seal the area if you see any.