DIY pest control

Top tips for enjoying a pest-free home.

Queensland is home to hundreds of pests and invasive insects and animals that can harm the health of your family.

In addition to professional pest control measures,  you can do several things around your home to prevent pests.

AMG Pest Management Director Ali Ghafoor said spending time to pest-proof your home would save money in the long run.

“Prevention is often more effective and convenient than intervention, as well as less costly,” Mr Ghafoor said. 

“Invest some time and effort to ensure your home is pest-free all year.”

Seal all entry points

Mr Ghafoor said homeowners should keep an eye out for potential pest entry points.

”Look for small cracks, crevices and gaps in building structure which can serve as an entry point into your home,” he said.

“Check around garage doors, hot water fittings, air-conditioning ducting and weep holes.

Dispose waste quickly and correctly

Waste left outdoors, or incorrectly disposed of, can quickly attract pests. 

“Rodents and pests love leftover and undisposed food waste.” Mr Ghafoor said.

“Get into a habit of disposing food waste daily and washing recycling containers first before storing.”

Declutter

Mr Ghafoor said clutter could provide a breeding ground for pests.

“Ensuring you declutter of old cardboard boxes, plastic bags and newspapers is a step in the right direction in removing pest breeding grounds,” he said.

Beware of moisture

Mr Ghafoor said water and moisture in and around the house could attract pests

“Check air-conditioning drips, appliances such as hot-water system are not causing damp and water puddles near your home,” he said.

Inspect items you bring home

Mr Ghafoor said bargain hunters should thoroughly inspect second-hand finds and the packaging of online purchases.

“It is so common today to buy a retro item and bring it straight home without checking for any possible pests hiding or nesting in the item,” he said.

“With the convenience of cardboard packaging, pests can also make their way to your home concealed in cardboard boxes.”