Combat

Prevention Tips

Preparing Your First Line of Defense

General Prevention Tips

Outside

Did you know that you can control and prevent insects by following just a few important precautions? Here are some helpful prevention and protection tips to keep invaders out and control the problem before it starts.

  • Store all food in airtight containers so ants and cockroaches will not have anything to eat.
  • Rinse all empty food and beverage containers.
  • Close all exterior openings and cracks with a good silicone caulk.
  • Clean surfaces to remove any food residue.
  • Do not leave dirty dishes and utensils in the sink.
  • Keep vegetation from touching the outside of the home or building.
  • Clean surfaces to remove any food residue.
  • Sweep or vacuum the kitchen floor regularly to reduce food particles and crumbs.

Inside

The inside of a home could be a haven for insects like ants and roaches if it is not kept clean and free of debris. Areas with food, water and dark spaces to hide are ideal environments for roaches and ants to live. Below are a few prevention tips for securing the inside of your home.

Kitchen

  • Keep the trash can closed, clean, and emptied regularly.
  • Ants and roaches tend to gather beneath the baseboards and underneath the stove, so be sure to clean this area regularly and keep it crumb and liquid free.
  • On top and beneath the refrigerator is warm and attracts insects. Clean these areas regularly, as crumbs tend to collect here.
  • All food should be stored in glass, plastic or metal containers with airtight lids in order to keep insects out.
  • Ants and roaches tend to gather and hide near water, so be sure to repair any leaks beneath the sink, and on the sink top, immediately.
  • All drawers, shelves and cabinets should be properly lined and damage should be repaired immediately to ensure insects aren’t hiding here. Keep lining paper flat so that insects cannot hide beneath it.

Bathroom

  • Keep the trash can closed, clean and emptied regularly.
  • Ants and roaches like moisture, so areas like the sink (on top and below), behind the toilet, and near the tub should be regularly inspected for leaks and condensation. Any cracks should be sealed right away.
  • Keep wet towels and toothbrushes out of drawers and cabinets so that it does not attract insects.

Living Room

  • Insects like ants and roaches like warm places and may gather behind television sets or other electronics. Regularly check these areas.
  • Food often collects in and around sofas and chairs. Be sure to keep these areas clean and check them often for pests.
  • Insects can hide in firewood. Be sure to inspect all firewood for insects before bringing it into your home.

General

Did you know that you can control and prevent insects by following just a few important precautions? Here are some helpful prevention and protection tips to keep invaders out and control the problem before it starts.

  • Store all food in airtight containers so ants and cockroaches will not have anything to eat.
  • Rinse all empty food and beverage containers.
  • Close all exterior openings and cracks with a good silicone caulk.
  • Clean surfaces to remove any food residue.
  • Do not leave dirty dishes and utensils in the sink.
  • Keep vegetation from touching the outside of the home or building.
  • Clean surfaces to remove any food residue.
  • Sweep or vacuum the kitchen floor regularly to reduce food particles and crumbs.