Drains that are not maintained properly or cleaned well can become the source of a terrible pest infestation, especially for flies and cockroaches. This in turn can cause hygiene and safety issues for you and your family in the long term.
It’s extremely important to clean your drains thoroughly, and often. A dirty drain will provide a great food source for flies, which will then cause them to multiply rapidly. Flies carry germs too, which spreads dangerous illnesses.
As long as you have the right tools, and a bit of elbow grease, you can clean your drains out easily. Here’s how to eliminate water sources and entry points for pests:
- Seal your pipes – locate any cracks and holes in your drain pipes, and fix/seal them.
- Fix leaky taps – standing water can attract a lot of pests, so sealing holes around your drain pipes will prevent leaks.
- Seal holes around pipes – duct tape is a great quick fix for cracks, then use caulk or plaster for a longer term solution.
- Look for any gaps around the pipes under your sink – filling these gaps will stop the pests invading your home.
- Look for holes in your walls – sealing spaces around the pipes will stop any pests from coming through the walls.
- Stop condensation – if your pipes produce condensation, wrap insulation foam and tape around them. Once you remove the water source, pests will go elsewhere for their water.
Here’s how to prevent pests from infesting your drains:
- Move the bins – rubbish bins under your kitchen or bathroom sinks will attract pests.
- Cover your drains – using rubber drain covers will stop pests from invading them.
- Clean your drains – rinse your drains with an approved cleaner to remove any food particles that might attract pests.
- Keep your counters and appliances clean – don’t leave your food out for the pests, especially overnight.
If these do-it-yourself methods don’t prevent pests from entering your drains, contact your local pest controller, and they can eradicate any pest problems you may already have. They will also have great tips on prevention, to stop any infestations from reoccurring in the future.