Put dirty dishes on the top of your to-do list if you’re passionate about being pest-free. “You might want to think twice about waiting until the morning to do the dishes,” says Brad Smith of Preferred Pest Control. “Insect pests such as flies, ants and cockroaches are highly attracted to leftover food on dishes.”
Dampness attracts many different types of pest. “We need water in our everyday lives, but so do pests,” says entomologist Cherie Hartzer. “Even small amounts of water dripping from an air conditioning unit may attract wasps that are foraging for water. Water that has soaked into wood is attractive to termites. Downpipes and gutters that hold water can be perfect habitats for mosquitoes. And a dripping tap may attract rodents, especially if it has been dry and there aren’t other water sources around.” The cure? Regular maintenance that fixes leaks that could provide pests with a water source.
When the weather turns cold outside, many bugs look for a cosy winter home – and your place may just be the perfect spot. “Bugs and beetles are just looking for a protected spot to wait out the winter and your home fits the bill,” Hartzer says.