We’re all aware that there are many things you can do to get rid of pests from your home. Some methods are on the more intrusive side, but there are also other alternatives if you’re committed to not using chemicals that are harmful to your health and the environment. One recommended method is starving out pests to compel them to move on to another area with more abundant food sources.
Starving out pests as a pest control method has long been in use all around the world, and despite its age-old roots, it is still incredibly effective. With that said, the next question would naturally be: how do you go about it? Well, let’s start with the basics.
First, seal out boxes and containers of food that are accessible to roaches, ants, rats, and other pests. If you have food items like grains, flour or sugar, make sure that you’re storing them in very tight and durable containers. Don’t settle for less, as pests such as rodents and roaches can be unbelievably crafty when it comes to food.
Secondly, wash dishes right after using them. Any residue or food item could attract small animals, which could prompt them to stay. After all, you wouldn’t want that sort of visitor in your home. Aside from pests, bacteria could also cling on to your utensils, which can be equally as nasty.
Next, if you have any pets, make sure you don’t leave pet food out in the open, especially overnight. Remember: they’re pet food, not pest food! To prevent leftovers, carefully measure the amount of food you give your pets. Make sure that it’s enough to keep them healthy, but not too much as to be considered wasteful. Moreover, you should clean their food bowls after use, because there might be some smaller pieces left. Also, try not to eat while walking around, seeing as you could leave crumbs on the floor and thereby attract pests.
Lastly, take out the trash regularly. Most pests habitually climb over garbage bins and take a nibble off of rotten food. If you can’t take them out right away, a great method of preventing pests from taking leftovers from bins is to apply a fair amount of bleach. This will deter pests, so you won’t have to worry about forgetting the trash every now and then.
Don’t let your guard down. Pests will find ingenious ways just to sustain themselves, while in your home, so don’t give them a reason to. By starving them out, you’ll essentially be telling them that they’re not welcome at all.