Useful Tips for Preventing Pests in Cape Town

Getting rid of pests and rodents in your home or office can be a daunting task as they keep coming back. This is why most experts recommend keeping them out in the first place. Here are some tips on how you can do this illustrated in our handy infographic…
pest prevention tips in cape town

Sealing openings

Bugs and insects use gaps in the wall, floor or ceiling of your home to gain entry. Once you notice that your door or window does not seal completely, then you should invest in gap sealers.

Keep your house clean

Food searching is one reason why pests and rodents find their way to your home. A few accessible food crumbs can invite a dozen different insects that are attracted by the smell.  Always keep your foods covered and wipe away any spills immediately.

Get rid of stagnant water around your home

Mosquitoes breed and reproduce in standing water, such water may also attract birds and rodents that may cause serious harm and illnesses. It is advisable that you get rid of any object that hold stagnant water.

Keep your yard neat and trimmed

Overgrowth’s can harbor a lot of unseen pests, cut grass to a nice level and trim all the bushes on a regular basis. While you are at it, remove all the debris and any other unwanted materials.

Get rid of overripe fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables that are too ripe tend to attract fruit flies and getting rid of them is never easy. To keep them off, don’t leave your overripe fruits over the counter for too long.

Know where to keep your firewood

If you have a pile of firewood, then chances are that termites and other bugs will also end up in the pile. To avoid the pesky insects from getting near your house, keep the firewood at least 5 feet away from your house. It will also help to arrange the pile and keep it off the ground.

Disposal of meat left overs

Most creatures, including insects can smell rotting flesh from far away. To stop them from coming to your outside bin, don’t throw away your meat scraps too soon unless you know that the trash will be picked up within a short time.

Inspect outside furniture regularly

Bugs like spiders and termites will make nests on your outside furniture when they get a good spot. To stop them, inspect your furniture often and remove any nests that you find.

Clean stuff that you bring from the outside

Furniture and toys that have been left out for some time may harbour dirt and pests. The only way you can avoid bringing these to the indoors is to clean everything thoroughly.

Make use of pest control services

Despite all your best efforts, you may not be able to remove all pests. The ideal thing to do is to engage pest control services. They will spray inside and outside your home, keeping most insects and rodents at bay.

For the best pest control services in Cape Town, call Solid Hygiene Solutions on 087 551 0518. The company has been in operation for more than 2 decades, making their professionals very experienced in pest eradication. Moreover, their services are affordable for both homeowners and business people. Learn more about them by visiting their website at


  • Paul

    Some useful info here and thanks for the post. Our pest problem in Cape Town seems to be on the rise, whats the reason for this? Im sure the dam levels and recent weather have a lot to do with it but any further advice on how to combat the pest issues would be great 🙂

  • Samantha Young

    Hi Paul. It really depends on the type of issue you are facing? Different pests need different procedures and the treatment for such depends on the severity of the problem, and whether it appears to be a one off or recurring? Dont leave it to chance, either treat the issue as soon as you discover it or call in a professional to for a survey. Following the tips above regarding waste and cleanliness will certainly help, but if in doubt, feel free to give us a call.

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