Getting rid of cockroaches — one of New Zealand's most common home invaders — and preventing their return is easier than you think. All it takes is a combination of keeping your home clean and tidy (which will make it less attractive to cockroaches) and having the right products on hand to deal with those that will inevitably show up.
Cockroaches feed on a diet of rotting garbage and food scraps (and sewage, but we won’t go there), so for long-term prevention, it’s important to try to mop up any...
Sure, they’re cute on the silver screen, but you don’t want ants taking up residence in your home. Take a few straightforward precautions and your place will soon be an ant-free zone. Sorry, kids!
Resist the temptation to kill ants when you spot one. Instead, get on its tail and follow its path back to the colony. Ants leave a scented trail for their comrades to follow in search of food, so if you want to solve the problem, the key is to destroy the colony.
Usually nesting outdoors, they can set...
If you’ve recently had a rodent problem, or your pet — or even family member — has been scratching more than normal, you might also have a flea problem. While it’s incredibly unpleasant and uncomfortable, there are effective ways to get rid of them.
Control outbreaks by vacuuming carpets and rugs every two days and clean under beds where dust accumulates. Don’t allow your pets under the house — dry dirt makes an ideal flea breeding ground — and make sure to vacuum pet bedding regularly.
With summer already here, prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to fighting flies. After all, who wants fly-catchers and sticky fly traps all over the house once pests take up residence?
The best way to keep your home fly free is to banish typical breeding sites. Putting out the garbage and disposing of pet waste regularly is an essential start, while covering bins and compost heaps with tight-fitting lids will stop flies from finding a home.
With that sorted, if you have pets...
If you’ve ever spotted something moving quickly out of the corner of your eye while relaxing at home, or heard an unfamiliar scuttling in the dark, you’ll know it’s mighty unpleasant sharing your home with a rat or mouse. Rodents are especially likely to enter a home when they’re looking for a warm place to sleep, but regular Mortein rodent control measures will send them packing and avoid the need for an expensive pest controller.
First up, keep all food covered to avoid rodents being attracted...
Mozzies strike fear into the hearts of many, especially those who suffer a bad reaction to their bites, so the best mosquito protection is all-round prevention.
Peak biting periods are dusk and dawn, but mosquitoes are active at all times of day, especially on those warm, humid days most suited to al fresco fun.
The best mosquito repellent to keep mozzies at bay is a little regular housekeeping. Mosquitoes breed in still or stagnant water, so check for water build-ups around your home. Empty out...
Protecting your home, food and wardrobe from moths is easier than you might think. A common household pest, moths live and breed in cool, damp, dark places. So when it comes to moth control, think of all the spots in your home with these characteristics, such as cupboards and wardrobes.
If you’ve ever wondered what was chewing holes in your favourite outfits as they hung in the wardrobe, it’s actually the newly hatched larvae of clothes moths. Look out for irregularly shaped holes, where yarns have...
These little bugs are the secret agents of household pests. Typically attracted to cool, damp places, but capable of thriving in most climates, silverfish are common but, because of their quick nocturnal movements, they’re incredibly hard to spot.
Not picky eaters, they’ll chomp almost anything, including paper, book bindings, wallpaper and clothing, and are commonly found in the basement, attic, kitchen or bathroom, as well as in storage boxes in garages and sheds.
Silverfish may be stealthy,...
If only all spiders were as happy to live outside as Incy Wincy. Not the case, unfortunately, especially when it rains and, like us, they seek shelter. Make sure you set up as many protective measures as you can, or you may find you’re sharing your house with more than just your family members!
Regular cleaning is the most practical method of spider control, so brush off the long-handled duster and clear all existing webs and spiders from around the home to avoid them multiplying. Remember to shake...
Cockroaches are known to love the smell of paper, which soaks up the pheromones they put out to tell their partners in crime that they’ve found a food source, so definitely avoid storing stacks of newspapers and magazines on the floor.
WHO NEEDS A HEAD?
Cockroaches can live for weeks without their heads; the head isn’t important to how they function, so their legs will continue to respond to stimuli. No wonder a cockroach was Wall-E’s faithful friend!
Believe it or not, even the cockroach can make a pet for the truly adventurous. The heaviest of the species is the giant burrowing cockroach, it can grow to 80mm in length and is odourless and clean.