Design Ideas to Repel Household Pests

Pests come in various shapes and sizes. While they may seem like minor nuisances, the damage they cause can amount to approximately $70 billion per year. However, solutions to handling residential pest infestation shouldn’t merely rely on applying insect repellents for your home — no matter how eco-friendly. What you need is a long-term solution.

Whether you’re building a new home or renovating the one you have, you should consult with an interior designer to develop pest-proof plans. It also pays to know some home design techniques to ward off unwanted pests. Check out some of these helpful tips when designing or decorating your home.

Conduct a Thorough Site Inspection

If you’re building a new house, this should be one of the first steps you take. Have the site properly assessed before construction. Make sure any old sewer system or drainages are removed or demolished and then rebuilt from the ground up. When the old system is removed, make sure no waste is left in the foundations. Cleaning the property is a simple, eco-friendly way to repel pests. In addition to a system overhaul, the new sewer system must be fully covered to keep pests from gaining entry through pipes.

Avoid the Open Home Concept

An open home concept may boast a modern lifestyle, but this layout can lead to pest issues down the line. The open space concept offers various opportunities for pests to enter. There is also an added risk of cross infestation if your neighbours are dealing with a pest problem.

Inspect the Home for Holes or Small Gaps

Make sure your home doesn’t have any entryways. A variety of pests will also make use of small gaps. Mice, for example, can compress their ribs and easily wiggle their way through gaps as small as 6 mm wide. The moment you find a gap in the foundation or a hole in the wall, seal it immediately using expanding foam or caulk.

When you’re building your home, use reinforced concrete no less than 6mm thick for the foundation. Alternatively, you can place sheet metal that’s at least 0.54mm thick below the floor. Rodents have a difficult time chewing on smooth surfaces, so these measures can keep them at bay.

Using of Dark-Coloured Themes

While using dark colours may be trendy theme choices, they can attract various pests. For instance, mosquitoes are highly attracted to brown, black, or dark green, while bed bugs are easily drawn to black and red.

If you’re giving your home a paint job, consider light colours or white. Lighter palettes do not only help repel bugs but also make the home interior feel airy and spacious. If you have rooms that use darker tones, make sure to install a mosquito trap in the living area of your home, particularly if there are open concepts (e.g. patio, balcony, or ventilation features). Know how to determine signs of bed bugs, or ask help from an eco-friendly pest control service.

Excessive Wood Design

Hardwood surfaces a durable and cost-effective option. Wood also has a natural allure and can elevate home interior spaces. However, they can also be attractive to pests, particularly termites. Termites can easily make their way into your home if the wood used is untreated, the wood surface touches the soil, or the material has deteriorated. Moisture is another factor you need to consider. Termites love moist environments. Unfortunately, wood attracts moisture, which can lead to a termite infestation when it has started to degrade.

Certain home designs, such as industrial concepts or Scandinavian, can increase the risk of a termite invasion. Whether it’s the flooring, door frames, pillars, furniture, or fittings, having too many wood surfaces can increase the likelihood of infestation.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go so far as to avoid the use of wood altogether. Make sure that the wood used in your home is treated and pest-free and remember to maintain any wooden surfaces properly.

Damaged Screens on Soffit Vent

When the screens of your soffit vent are damaged or lost, your home can provide bats, birds, rats, and other pests access to the attic. Pest infestations of this kind can damage the structural integrity of your attic and lead to various health issues since wild animals can carry various pathogens. To prevent this, check if the screens are in good shape. If you notice any damage, replace the screens using a galvanized hardware cloth. Don’t forget to secure the new screen with sturdy stainless steel screws.

Check Your Ceiling and Air Duct Condition

Air ducts provide ventilation, regulate airflow, and preserve indoor air quality. However, they can also provide tempting entryways and nesting grounds for pests. To protect your ducts, make sure to attach a strong screen to deter entrance. Inspect these screens regularly so you can replace them as soon as you see signs of deterioration.

You should also maintain your ceiling. Fix any damage to your utility pipes, gas lines, and electrical connections.

Keep the Sides of the House Clear

Ground soil has moisture that causes decay. If the outer surfaces of your home are constantly in contact with the soil, they may start to rot and invite pests such as termites, ants, and even rodents. Prevent this by making sure there is a space between the soil and the bottom of the siding. The same goes for plants in your garden. Avoid climbing plants that stick to your wall and make sure there’s space between the wall and your flower beds.

While eco-friendly insect repellents are the primary means of eliminating pests, they can be detrimental to your property, health and the environment. Minimal use of such chemicals can go a long way to preserving all three.

To take the extra step to having a pest-free home, it’s vital to develop a strategy to keep nuisances at bay. While going DIY may seem tempting, it’s still best to seek the help of a professional interior designer.

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