Pests are a common issue homeowners face in Edinburgh. Rodents, bugs, and birds can cause significant damage to your property and pose health risks to your family. Prevention is the key to avoiding these unwanted guests in and around your home.
Food Sources: Pests are often attracted to homes by the smell of food. When food is not stored properly in sealed containers or is left out in the open, it can easily draw a variety of pests, including ants, rodents, and cockroaches. In addition to improperly stored perishable items, crumbs and food debris can also serve as a buffet for these unwelcome guests. The presence of food waste in rubbish bins, uncleaned cooking appliances, and even pet food dishes can further exacerbate the issue, attracting pests and providing them with the sustenance they need to thrive in your home.
Water Sources: An often overlooked factor that invites pests into your home is the presence of water sources. Pests, such as mosquitoes, silverfish, and earwigs, are drawn to damp areas and standing water. Leaking pipes can create moisture-rich environments that are perfect for these pests to thrive in. Similarly, standing water, whether it is from a stagnant birdbath, clogged gutters, or puddles around your home, can serve as an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. Damp areas, such as basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, can also inadvertently provide the necessary conditions for these unwelcome creatures to flourish.
Shelter: Pest infestations often begin with pests seeking a warm, safe, and comfortable place to call home and nest. These unwanted visitors can find refuge in various places, ranging from tiny cracks and crevices to cluttered spaces around your home. Cracks and holes in the walls, floors, or foundation of your home can provide the ideal entry points for pests, especially rodents, spiders, and cockroaches. Pests can also take advantage of cluttered spaces, such as storage rooms, attics, and or unkempt gardens, where they can easily hide and breed without disturbance. Additionally, pest birds can find shelter under rooftop solar panels, eaves and even chimneys.
Pest prevention is crucial for maintaining a healthy and comfortable living environment. By addressing the factors that attract pests and following the tips provided, Edinburgh homeowners can effectively reduce the chances of a pest infestation in their homes.
If you are experiencing pest problems in your residential property, our Edinburgh pest control or bird control team can help. We specialise in dealing with all types of pests and provide thorough and effective solutions to remove and prevent infestations.
For further advice and information on any type of pest control, or to book an initial survey in Edinburgh, call us on 0333 567 2020, or contact us today.
Author: NBC Environment/Orkin
John Dickson of NBC has over 25 years’ experience managing the conflict that businesses can face with wildlife, birds and pests, reducing risks for many organisations across the UK. Since the business was founded in 1993, John has grown the business expanding the services we offer and developing NBC into one of the leading pest control businesses in the UK and the largest falconry business in Europe.