Pest Control Tips to Share With Your Kids

Posted on: 10 July 2018

When you're trying your best to avoid critter invasions, it's not unusual for your kids to stand in the way. Although adults tend to have a sound idea of what attracts pests, some of the habits kids adopt can make your efforts challenging. Fortunately, there are some simple pest control tips you can share with your kids.

Don't let food gather

If your little ones tend to sneak food into their bedroom, now's a good time to let them know that they're inviting certain pests to live with them. Crumbs, unclean plates and empty packets are enticing options for rodents and cockroaches. Inform your children that sloppy habits may lead to infestations and prompt them to clean regularly.

Turn on the extractor fan and open a window

If mould starts to gather in your home, you're producing a food source that's easy for insects to eat. When your children reach the stage where they can bath or shower alone, they may not prioritise ventilation. Although the occasional bathroom trip without an extractor fan or open window won't cause any harm, continuously doing so will result in mould. Like when your children brush their teeth, teach them to make ventilating the bathroom a habit. As a result, you'll reduce your chances of mould.

Wash damp and dirty sports kits immediately

Another common cause of mould amongst children is wet sports kits.  When you're too busy to run around gathering their clothes, you may find them slipping into the depths of their laundry basket. Over the space of a few days, they can turn into musty piles of material that insects love to feast on. Ask your kids to place any swimming gear or sports outfits directly into the washing machine. When they do so, you have the chance to clean them quickly and enjoy the perks of a fresh home.

Ask them to help you keep an eye on the pets

If you have dogs, cats or other furry creatures, ask your kids to look out for signs of fleas. Common things to look out for include:

  • Flea droppings on their fur
  • Bug eggs on their pet bed
  • Itching
  • Irritability

If your children spend a lot of time with your pets, they may spot the signs before you do. By catching them early, you can introduce anti-flea treatments and avoid the irritation that comes with catching them yourself.

Depending on your child's age, they can play a strong role in DIY pest control. If you do encounter a problem you can't manage, call on a pest control service to promptly curtail the situation.