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How to Get Rid of Bugs and Crawling Insects

How to keep bugs away from your home

Are you having problems with crawling insects invading your home? Sealing entry points can prevent crawling pests from entering the home. Key risks are gaps under doors or around pipes to the exterior or neighbouring properties. Also seal gaps where these insects can harbour; many of these insects - such as Earwigs and Carpet Beetles - are nocturnal and hide during the day in cracks and crevices in the walls, around skirting boards or behind electrical sockets.

Regularly vacuum carpets and rugs to eradicate any eggs that Carpet Beetles may have laid and use insecticidal carpet shampoos at regular intervals.

The most common reason any insect enters your home is that it is search for food and water

Ensure there is none available by taking the following measures:

  • Store food in containers or in sealed plastic bags
  • Clean all waste food and spillages immediately
  • Clean food debris from under fridges or cookers
  • Clear used crockery and cutlery immediately
  • Remove pet food, water and litter trays overnight
  • Keep refuse or compost in sealed bins
  • Take care with soiled nappies or dirty clothing
  • Do not leave liquids in sinks or buckets overnight

Silverfish require a moist but warm atmosphere to live in so ensure that rooms are dry and well ventilated.

How to get rid of pests and crawling insects in the home

If untreated, some pests will quickly establish themselves in high numbers and will spread to adjoining properties.

In the case of a pest infestation of Carpet Beetle we would recommend thorough vacuuming of all carpets and shampooing with an insecticidal carpet cleaner. Any clothes, curtains or soft furnishings showing signs of infestation or damage from the larvae of the Carpet Beetle should be dry cleaned.

DIY Pest Control for Crawling insects

A wide range of DIY pest control products are available on the market which can be used effectively to get rid of bugs in the home. Please always follow the instructions carefully to ensure safe and effective use.

However, it may be difficult for you to reach all the corners, cracks and crevices in which some of these pests will hide, especially with amateur products. An established pest problem will often require an integrated pest control programme to avoid reoccurrence.

Professional Pest Control Services

Most crawling insects are more of a pest in the garden than in the home. However, this is not always the case and some of these pests will prove extremely difficult to control. While DIY pest control products can deal with the immediate problem, treatment by a qualified pest control technician is often necessary to deal with some crawling insects over the long-term.

Our pest control specialists make use of range of powerful insecticides to deal with most of the commonly occurring pest infestations in the home.

Rentokil offers a call-out pest control service to deal with the most common pest problems in the home. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.

If you would like further advice on crawling insects or to arrange a visit by a Rentokil pest control specialist to put in place an integrated pest control programme, call us free on +256 414 287 160 / +256 414 694 494 or email us.