Bugs are gross. If you’re anything like us then you too believe cockroaches are alien little creatures sent to creep you out with their twitchy little heads and their unpredictable tendency to take flight. Bugs are annoying, give off the impression of uncleanliness, and usually where there’s one, there are 100 more of his little friends in the walls and cracks.
If you don’t like crawly critters in your space, you can be sure your tenants won’t either. Not only are they utterly disgusting, but they can also be a real danger to your health and your tenant’s health. This means they need to be kept under control at all times.
While sometimes a person’s lifestyle can attract bugs, 9 times out of 10 there are preventative measures you can take to ensure your house stays bug-free. Here we’ll list five actions you can take that will put your mind at ease and ensure your tenants are living a comfortable, bug-less existence.
(Credit: Manlake Gabriel on Unsplash) We were going to use an image of a cockroach here, but they’re that gross we just couldn’t
1. Regular bug checks from the professionals
A routine pest-control is the first step to ensuring your property remains bug-free. They will make sure your house is clear of infestations and give you quality guidance on areas you need to keep an eye on.
Annual pest inspections and sprays are recommended, particularly if your property has wood floors or features. Termites, or white ants, are a real problem in Queensland suburbia. While most species of termites are content living in their native environment, there are some who enjoy the occasional nibble at a hardwood floorboard.
One in five houses in Queensland will have a termite problem at some point, and if left undetected they can quickly cause a lot of damage. However, regular checks by local professionals such as McKenna Pest Control or Pest-Ex New Farm can minimise this risk.
(Credit: Pest-Ex New Farm) Professional pest control people can ensure your bug problems remain under control
2. Make sure they can’t get in
While it’s inevitable that one or two bugs will sometimes make it into your home, you don’t have to make it easy for them. By taking the time to secure your property, you can save yourself stress and money later down the track. There are a couple of simple things you can do to keep the bugs at bay and the set up would only take a day.
(Credit: Chris Thornton on Pexels) Screens can make all the difference when protecting your home from flying bugs
3. Ensure tenants are keeping your property tidy
Where there are food and waste lying around, there will be bugs. No amount of preventative measure will stop a cockroach finding it’s way into a kitchen with old food waste lying all over countertops. It’s important to keep living spaces clean so the bugs have no reason to visit.
To ensure your tenants are doing their part in preventing bug infestations routine inspections need to be conducted regularly. At Hutton & Hutton, we ensure your tenants are respecting your property by keeping it nice and tidy, so you can rest assured knowing you’re in good hands.
(Credit: Rawpixel on Unsplash) A tidy house will always have fewer pests
4. Plants can help!
If you’re a fan of natural bug-repellants, there are plants you can have in your yard or in window planters that will deter bugs from moving in. The following are some easy to maintain plants that will naturally shield your property from bugs.
Eucalyptus: deters flies, fleas, moths, and gnats
Peppermint: deters flies, ants, and fleas
Basil: deters flies and mosquitoes
Tansy: deters flies, ants, and mosquitoes
Bay: deters flies, cockroaches, weevils, and moths
Lavender: deters flies, fleas, and moths
Cloves: deters flies, moths, and mosquitoes.
In addition to providing a natural defence against bugs, these plants will also make your property look and smell amazing for prospective tenants.
(Credit: Rocknwool on Unsplash) Lavender is great for repelling flies, mozzies, and moths
5. Introduce some natural predators to the situation
This sounds way wilder than it actually is, but nature has a way of taking care of most things. Almost every animal has a natural predator, and sometimes if you identify a difficult bug problem that is harder to control it may be worthwhile considering this option.
For example, if you have a problem with spiders or critters in your backyard, install a bird feeder. The butcherbirds and kookaburras that come for the seed will also definitely come for the spiders.
If your issue is houseflies, head down to your local Bunnings and pick up a Venus flytrap or a Monkey Cup. They’ll lure the flies to them with their sweet scent before trapping the unsuspecting bug. So, this is definitely a gnarley form of bug prevention.
(Credit: Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash) Venus Fly Traps will lure bugs to their doom and look good whilst doing it!