Rats, ants, and cockroaches: these are the three most common house pests in New Zealand. Conservation authorities even consider some of these to be threats to the natural environment.
Fortunately, there are many ways to get rid of them in your house because they have many things in common. All three of them need access to food, water, and a dark place to build their nests on. If you remove these, you get rid of them all. It is like shooting not just two but three birds with one stone.
For major infestations, contact pest management services to take care of the problem. However, you can easily deal with smaller problems simply by keeping your house clean and unfriendly to pests. Here are other suggestions:
Keep the floor clean at all times
Sweep and vacuum your floors regularly, especially the kitchen floor, to remove any food particles that may have fallen off the dining table or countertop. If you are using a vacuum cleaner, make sure to empty the vacuum bag to keep cockroaches away from it.
Dry out wet areas
Leaking pipes and drains in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry areas can create the perfect breeding area for bugs and insects. Do a search for these leaks and contact a plumber to repair them immediately. Make sure the area is dry and spill-free afterwards.
Store all food away
Food such as pasta, cereals, and flours do not need to be refrigerated, but you still need to put them away properly to keep the pests away. Use glass airtight containers and put them on neat, tidy, clutter-free cupboards and shelves.
When it comes to pest control, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. All you really need to do to keep the pests away is to keep your house neat, clean, and orderly.