Being a young guy with mobile, independent and adventurous friends I have seen my fair share of share house living, and, let me tell you, not all of it has been pleasant. A highlight were some friends I knew living in Maroubra in 2010 who had two rogue beagles which were not only not toilet trained, but were disobedient to boot and stubborn as heck when it came to doing the dirty outdoors.
They would crap all over the place, inside, outside, and the housemates would leave it there to fester!
I’ve known friends with laissez-faires approaches to bathroom cleaning meaning drains, plugs, countertops and tiles were always swamped in dark curly hairs. There have been pizza boxes left for days in between my visits that would remain in the same position – the food having gone as hard as the cardboard box itself.
Now, I’m not one to cast my eye of judgement over people’s homes (that’s a straight up lie), but if I was to, I’d more than likely make some kind of suggestive comment about the general hygiene, or lack thereof, and then promptly hand you the business card of Dawson’s Australia – the pest professionals.
Here are some great tips for bug-proofing your home and keeping your workplace pest free.
Throw away your food
It seems like a no brainer, but throwing away old food is the first step towards a clean space. Doing a weekly clear out of the fridge will prevent your perishables from becoming a tasty treat for a nearby cockroach nest so try setting some hard and fast rules about fridges and fruit bowls.
Move your furniture around
Bugs like to thrive in dark, danky, undisturbed places. To prevent any bugs from becoming too comfortable make an effort to move your furniture around every few weeks. Take things away from the wall, slide them over or lift them up. Don’t let those critters get comfortable!
Use a closed bin
Exposed rubbish is a sure fire way to encounter a pest problem. A tall garbage bin with a sealable lid is the best way to prevent pests from making a meal out of your leftovers. Opt for a foot lever lid instead of one with a push ‘flap’. With push lids plenty of garbage juice can end up coating your bin meaning you’ll need to clean it a lot more often or else have bugs all over the thing.
Employ a schedule
Now, there’s no need to baulk at this. In the office or in share houses, it’s much easier if everyone does a little bit every now and then. No need to make a big deal about it and no need to go it alone. Make it the job of two people to tackle the cleaning together. This will make it more fun and less of a chore. There’s plenty of gossiping to be done around the toilet bowl with your rubber gloves and Ajax…
Call a professional
If the problem escalates then you need help from the professionals. Dealing with a proper pest infestation is a serious health hazard well worthy of a phone call to Dawson’s Australia. You can request a quote online or view their website for more information about pest control.
This post was written with support from Dawson’s Australia.