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How to prevent pest infestations

Follow these simple steps to stop your home from being visited by uninvited guests like ants, mice and wasps.

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How can I prevent a pest infestation?

The most common pests are mice, rats, ants, cockroaches, fleas, silverfish, wasps and bees. No one wants uninvited guests so prevention is always best. Here’s a few simple things you can do to keep them at bay:

Step 1

Don’t leave food or rubbish out.

Step 2

Keep your bin lids shut.

Step 3

Store your food in sealed containers

Step 4

Regularly check your pets for fleas.

Step 5

Keep your home clean and tidy, especially the kitchen.

What if I already have pests?

If you think you might have a pest infestation in your home, it’s important you take the right steps to deal with the problem.

Most of the time, it’ll be your responsibility to deal with pests in your home and you’ll need to contact your local authority to look into this for you.

If the pest infestation is in a communal area such as hallways and shared gardens, or has happened because of a structural problem in your home, such as gaps or cracks in the wall or floor, then you should report it. Please note, we can’t complete any repair works until the infestation has been dealt with first.

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