Table of Contents
- 1. Bathroom Cleaning On A Regular Basis
- 2. Thoroughly Inspect The Bathroom
- 3. Using Mothballs
- 4. Repairing Broken Areas
- 5. Getting Rid of Drain Flies
- 6. How Is Your Bathroom Draining?
- 7. Turn the Fan on and Do Regular Moisture Checks
- 8. Ventilate Your Bathroom and Home
- 9. Special Cleaning Tactics to Disinvite Pests
- 10. Disposing of Unused Product under the Bathroom Sink
- 11. Washing and drying your towels often
- 12. Change Your Bathroom Garbage Regularly
- 13. Wipe Everything Down with Bleach Water
- 14. Spray Your Bathroom Down
- 15. Trap and Bait, it
- Seek Professional help
Last updated on: February 7th, 2020
We know that keeping out little pests like insects, bats, rodents, and even birds can sometimes seem like a full-time job. They have this weird ability and years of experience finding their way into your homes, especially small dark spaces like your closets and bathrooms where they set up their home in a very unwelcome manner.
This can be super frustrating and occasionally expensive; so many people try to get rid of their unwelcome guests without doing the proper research and in turn make their home even more inviting than it was before! In this DIY (Do It Yourself) guide to pest control we will give you fifteen tips to help keep your home and bathroom pest free, without the help of a professional.
A lot of time it is pretty easy to spot the signs of an infestation in your home. At that point you probably want to call a professional as soon as possible, because the longer you wait the more the cleanup bill will be. But if you are a proactive home owner looking to improve your home and keep it pest free these preventative tips are for you! The best first step is not allowing any pests into your home in the first place.
1. Bathroom Cleaning On A Regular Basis
This one may seem ridiculously obvious, but a lot of times pests are invited to set up residence because their ideal habitat is available to them. Bathrooms are the perfect places to locate moisture in the house and when this is paired with a quiet environment, pests are attracted.
This environment has a lot of hiding spots and is their ideal place to live. The point to focus upon is the consistency of cleaning. Many times, people don’t clean consistently because they think the bathroom is being used every day and is hence washed through all the showers and baths etc. so it is automatically clean. In reality, it is just moist in a lot more places and is inviting more pests. So, cleaning up the bathroom regularly, especially the small areas that usually stay out of sight, is a great preventative action.
2. Thoroughly Inspect The Bathroom
It is important to locate any cracks or holes inside your bathroom because they can be a major sign of pests. These small broken areas in the walls and ceilings serve as brilliant hiding places and often, these cracks and holes connect to other areas of the house.
This can allow pests to travel from a particular area of the home into your bathroom. Since the bathroom is one of the very moist places inside your house, it will definitely attract some unwanted guests. So, take note and come back later to seal it up, this is your best first defense.
3. Using Mothballs
Although this is not a particularly conventional method of pest prevention, it can be used in emergencies and can do wonders if used carefully. Mothballs are small balls made of pesticide and they can repel pests like moths, silverfish, mice and other pests. They are not meant to be used in open spaces like this but using them with some light precautions can make your bathroom pest free.
Put some in the sink and all other drainage areas in the bathroom and leave the place closed off for a couple of hours. Afterwards, as these balls release certain gases which can be harmful if inhaled too much or in excess amounts, simply wear a mask, remove the moth balls and wash the drainage areas thoroughly. Leave the bathroom with the fan on to ensure all the smells etc. exit the place. This method is safe as long as it is used by adults and older people.
4. Repairing Broken Areas
How many times have you noticed something particular in your bathroom to be broken and remain that way for days and months? Usually when something like a part of the shower or a cabinet etc. breaks in the bathroom, we ignore it entirely and move on as if nothing has happened because it’s not a part of the house that is showcased like the other areas.
As mentioned earlier, these broken areas and patches can become both hiding places and entry ways for pests. So, get them fixed as soon as possible. This is an easy preventive measure that could possibly save you hundreds in an exterminator fee.
5. Getting Rid of Drain Flies
Drain flies are one of the most unsanitary problems we face and as they thrive in dark areas such as drains, they are prone to end up in our bathrooms. They can come through the toilet, sink or the bath as well. They carry bacteria that could make you sick so it is important to ensure they do not end up in your bathroom.
Remove the debris around such areas so they are unable to lay any eggs. Pouring specifically warm water inside the drains can repel them. The hair that accumulates in the drainage areas after showers and baths should be promptly removed. Using drain cleaner gel can also help.
6. How Is Your Bathroom Draining?
All the water you use in your bathroom, to get ready, goes somewhere. If it is congregating and making a puddle it is easy to spot and clean up but is also is an easy invite for pests to come right into your bathroom. Bathrooms are especially susceptible to a large amount of leftover moisture from all the hot showers, baths and not to mention toilet. Pests like to live and breed in moist places so make sure your home is not one of them! Plus, it can create a whole host of flora that makes a good snack for insects. If there is stagnant water, you want to mop it up right away and call a plumber to fix the problem.
7. Turn the Fan on and Do Regular Moisture Checks
Just because you don’t see any puddles or stagnant water anywhere in your bathroom, does not mean the moisture isn’t there. Regularly check your bathroom ceiling for moisture build up. If the frame of your house gets damp it will welcome a whole host of insects including ones that can permanently damage the inner workings of your home. It’s best to turn the fan on when you are showering or taking a bath and leaving it on for at least 15 minutes after you are done, to help circulate new drier air into your bathroom to prevent the moisture from building up.
8. Ventilate Your Bathroom and Home
In order for the fan technique to work in your bathroom your home will need fresh air to circulate. Getting in fresh air can be as easy as opening up a window for a hours on nice days, turning on the air conditioning to remove the excess moisture or even adding an extra fan. The less still, stagnant and quite your home is, the less inviting it will be to insects and rodents. So, keeping the air fresh and circulating is an easy way to say no to them coming in and staying.
9. Special Cleaning Tactics to Disinvite Pests
We talked about mopping up left over stagnant water, but if that has been sitting there for a whole it will need more of a scrub. Taking a hard-bristled brush to the most used surfaces in your bathroom with your choice of cleaning product will help keep the moisture from sticking to them and creating you more problems than just pests. Also try to wash any water catching rugs or mats you have in your bathroom once a month. If they are harboring a little mold or any smells, they can seem like a tasty snack for a rodent. The cleaner you can get your bathroom, the easier it will be to see and address a pest problem if you happen to get one.
10. Disposing of Unused Product under the Bathroom Sink
We are all guilty of buying a product, trying it, not liking it and never using it. It goes into the under the sink in that under the sink grave yard. There it gets dusty and damp, and sometimes even moist if your sink gets some condensation on it. This a breeding ground for insects and there is nothing worse than reaching your hand under the dark sink only to feel a bug. So, do yourself a favor and purge the grave yard, you will thank yourself later and the insects won’t be attracted to their perfect habitat, a city of bottles.
11. Washing and drying your towels often
Even though the towel rack looks very pretty with all it’s clean’ and folded towels they do need to get washed and thoroughly dried every now and again. The towel you use on the daily carries enough moisture throughout the day on its own to attract some unsavory characters, but that one gets thrown in the washer every few days if not daily. The ones that get forgotten about are the pretty ones that sit there for days, weeks, months, years even. They are collecting dust and all the moisture of your bathroom. Consequently, washing them so that you don’t have anything living in there one day, is a good idea!
12. Change Your Bathroom Garbage Regularly
How many times have you cleaned the whole house, taken the garbage out to the dumpster only to come back in and realize you have forgotten, arguably the most important garbage! If you have a dog or cat they have probably reminded you that you put something in there that smelled good, because you want into your bathroom and it looked like a bathroom and garbage tornado scenario. Well if the big pets think the smell is enticing so do rodents! Make sure to always use a plastic bag as a liner and clean out the bottom of the garage with bleach water or soap occasionally. Anything that gets stuck to the sides or bottom can be a good habitat for bugs to chill and lay their eggs.
13. Wipe Everything Down with Bleach Water
Cleaning is the number one preventative measure when it comes to pests as we have made this point before with different places in your house, but it is so especially important in the bathroom. We recommend bleach water, because it not only kills but disinfects, plus it is very cheap to mix up. Just put half a cap of bleach in a bucket of water and go to town. It will cut through any gunk build up you might have and cut down on odors.
14. Spray Your Bathroom Down
There are several safe indoor insecticide and pesticides you can use. So, if you do find traces of unwelcome visitors, clean your whole bathroom with bleach water, then spray any crevices, cracks or corners with spray. Although these chemicals are deemed safe, we recommend you wear a mask while you are doing this just to be safe. These sprays are usually fast acting so if you got rid of whatever was enticing the insects or pests into your bathroom you can be pretty sure you will only need to treat once or twice.
15. Trap and Bait, it
This is quite a preventative measure but if you have done all the tips in this article and still think you may have something it’s better to be safe than sorry. There are a multitude of traps you can get for every kind of insect and rodent. Follow the instructions and be sure to set them up out of the reach of children and pets. Then wait, if you do not catch anything then you just gave yourself peace of mind. If you do catch something make sure to find why they are in your house and then fix the problem, or otherwise you will have to call an exterminator.
Seek Professional help
The perfect way for homeowners to ensure that disease-causing insects stay away from home is to call a pest control specialist. These professionals use various special tools and baits to deal with these annoying natural enemies. They have a variety of pest control treatments available to prevent the growth of rodents and pests. They are better equipped to fumigate their home and get rid of insects.
Always ask questions, since the genuine company will be happy to answer your questions, after all, you must be informed of what is going to be done in your home or business. Send your questions to pest control services in Singapore and see how quickly they respond in this technology age if I do not receive an answer to an email sent the same business day.
Visit their website, read the testimonials, send them by email, ask questions and get a quote. Read the information on your site about the pests you have and how they treat them. A clearly accessible site with good information is the sign of a good company. Never leave it too long if you have pests as they can get out of control quickly, but using the tips above will help you choose the right company that is genuine.
These are some important and useful tips for pest control that can surely help owners deal with these harmful species. Taking the help of a professional pest control company is the most infallible way to keep these pesky pests away from your home.