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Pests out!

Here’s how you can terminate these unfriendly furry pals
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - November 9, 2009
By: Adele Ong
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Pests out!

Ideally, your home should be clean enough to not invite pests into it in the first place. However, even the cleanest homes will sometimes have some uninvited guests gatecrashing them, so the next step to take after putting food safely away and wiping down surfaces is to reduce the number of places where pests can hide.

A home with tons of clutter makes a fantastic place for pests such as rats, mice and cockroaches to hide in all sorts of nooks and crannies, and even build nests. A room full of stacks of papers that haven’t been touched in years, or which is piled halfway to the ceiling with knick-knacks and things that you never seem to get around to recycling, provides plenty of nest-making material, eating material and spots for various creatures to set up home in.

Therefore, keep your place clear of clutter and mess. Put things away tidily, and sweep out and check all cabinets and corners regularly, to nip any pest problems in the bud. Check your old books and papers on a regular basis too, to ensure that silverfish and beetles that eat pulp and wood aren’t reducing them to little piles of dust. Some of these pests can be tackled by freezing the books or papers for a few days.

Even if you put everything neatly away in drawers or cabinets, however, some pests can still worm their way into these storage spaces and live in there. To begin with, try to purchase or build furniture that has no gaps or cracks, so that cockroaches and mice can’t slip inside. If your existing furniture is cracked or has gaping bits, replace, repair or seal it up. Also, do not leave cupboard and cabinet doors open, because that’s just an invitation to pests to enter.

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