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How to keep pests out of your home

Rats, mice, possums, cockroaches and even snakes are just some of the unwanted pests that  make their way into Melbourne homes, causing major problems for homeowners.

Not only can they cause damage to your property and spread diseases they can put the household on edge.

Banyule Maintenance can help you with some ways to keep pests out of your home.

One of the most important things to do is seal up cracks and gaps as pests can get in through the smallest of gaps. Our team will check your doors and windows as well as look for other potential entry points.  and seal them.

We can also install new screens on your windows and doors to help prevent flies, mosquitoes and other insects from entering your home.

If you need help with an outdoor clean up, let us know. Pests love to hide in outdoor clutter as well as in piles of leaves, branches and wood piles. We can help to clean up your outdoor space.

Let us check and clean your gutters and inspect your roof tiles. We’ve found birds nesting in both. Broken roof tiles provide an easy access for wildlife to make their way into ceiling cavities too.

We also found birds breeding in the pipe of a kitchen extraction fan and created a cover for the homeowner once the birds had vacated the nest.Some of the things we recommend to you to do is firstly to keep your house clean – especially in bathrooms and the kitchen. You can help keep pests away by wiping surfaces, sweeping and vacuuming and staying on top of dishes to prevent buildup of food particles and moisture.

Make sure you store your food properly. Food attracts pests, so make sure that you store it in airtight containers in your pantry and cupboards. Also, make sure you keep your kitchen clean and wipe up crumbs and spills.

There are also things you can do to help prevent issues.  Make sure you remove standing water which attracts mosquitoes, ants and other pests. Check for buckets of stagnant water after rain and regularly check bird baths, garden pots and pet dishes.

Research some natural pest deterrents. There are some natural pest control methods that are safe for people and pets. Look into using essential oils like peppermint or lemon to deter ants and other insects.

Planting mint near your home’s foundation is often recommended to help keep ants and other insects away.

Let the Banyule Maintenance team help you to stay ahead of potential pest problems and address issues quickly. Not only will this help keep pests out of your home, you will get to enjoy a clean and healthy living environment.