How to pest proof your new home

The key to pest-proofing your new home is prevention.

Our guide will help you keep your home clear of pests by outlining a few simple steps to take before and after you move in.

Pests can be a homeowners worst nightmare, especially if you find out you have an infestation. Prevention is key in keeping your home clear of creepy crawlies. If you’re moving into a new home, here are a few tips to help you keep your space free of common household pests.

Get a building and pest inspection

Start things off on the right foot by getting a building and pest inspection as part of the buying process. 

This help you understand any issues a home has before you buy. An inspector will not only check termite damage and infestation, they will also report any issues that can lead to pest infestations. This can include damp, leaks and cracks. 

Make necessary repairs

Once you move into your new house, you should give the home a once over to check for any small repairs that need to be undertaken. If your handy around the house, you may even be able to take care of many of these types of things yourself. 

Check your doors and window screens. Make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed to prevent any pesky insects from sneaking in. You should also fix up any holes in your screens. 

Insects happen to love moisture, so you should promptly address any leaking faucets, drain standing water and dry out any wet spots. 

If you find any gaps in your siding, or cracks in your foundations while inspecting your home, make sure you seal them up. You should pay close attention to any pipes or installation points. Make sure these are sealed properly to prevent any bugs from gaining access. 

Clean up inside

One of the easiest ways to prevent pests is to simply clean up. Keep your home — particularly your kitchen — tidy. Inspects and pests thrive in dirty, damp places where there’s plenty of crumbs and grime to sustain them. 

Wipe up all of your surfaces, sweep and vacuum regularly, drain and dry the sink after you’re done washing up and store all of your food properly. This makes your home much less enticing to bugs and rodents. 

Clean up outside

Unruly yards can be a breeding ground for flying and crawling pests. Make sure you maintain your garden to help eliminate the number of pests surrounding your home. 

Start off by trimming down and clearing out any overgrown areas. Tip out any standing water and throw away any rubbish that’s laying around. This includes old tyers, containers or any other materials that can collect water or provide places for pests to hide. 

Store rubbish properly

Both indoors and out, proper rubbish habits are essential in preventing bugs. Make sure you throw food scraps away in the kitchen only, not in bins throughout your home. Empty your bins regularly and keep them clean and sanitised. 

Outside, make sure you keep a lid on your bin. Don’t let rubbish pile up around your bins, and hose them out every once in awhile to keep them clean.  

Keep foundations clear

It’s easy to let things pile up around your foundations, especially if you’re moving in and you’re not quite sure where everything will go. Clear this up as soon as possible as piles against your foundations are perfect spots for pets to hide. 

Keep this area dry, and store wood, clippings or leaves far away from your foundations as these can tempt termites.

Embrace predators 

Finally, encourage natural predators to take up residence in your yard to help keep pests in check. Birds eat insects and are a great weapon in the fight against infestation. 

Encourage birds by planting trees and bushes where they can build nests. You can also provide a fresh water source for them. Just make sure you change it regularly so it doesn’t grow stagnant and start to attract bugs.