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Can you guess the reason why pests are attracted to your home? Whatever the season may be and even though we are currently facing a pandemic outbreak, common home invaders are pretty consistent in becoming such nuisance pests.

It seems like nothing can stop them and are freely inviting themselves into your very own personal space. You must know what draws them to your home so you can stop the infestation before it happens!

Spot the following things (or even your familiar habits) that make it enticing for pests to take over your residence and learn why they keep appearing in your home. These are quite common things often neglected or a few we’ve been procrastinating about. (READ: HOW TO GET RID OF TICKS)

Spilled food and unsealed pet food.

An obvious reason why pests are drawn to your house is that they come looking for food – and our home is a convenient food source for them! Keep your food in airtight containers so you can secure and prevent pests from infesting the packaging.

Make sure that you’ll store pet food in securely sealed containers because pests can’t resist going for it as well. Some pests have their preference and here’s a list to help you identify which food item they will most likely go for:

  • Sugar granules and any sweet food items – Ants would definitely line up for this!
  • Cereals, Dried nuts, and Birdseed – Moths love to feed on grains and this is on top of their list. Cigarette beetles and waxworms are also among the common grain-feeding pantry pests you’ll encounter.
  • Wine, beer, and any liquor – the sweet smell from any of these can attract and intrigue fruit flies and houseflies.
  • Baked goods and crumbs – rodents and cockroaches will surely feast on these!

Even though we sometimes forget to not have a little bit of mess in the kitchen or any area of the house, we should still make an effort to avoid leaving food out in the open. Thoroughly wipe down the table and kitchen countertops for crumbs or spills on the floor. Cleaning up after you eat can make it less palatable for pests. (Read: GET RID OF UNWANTED PESTS QUICK)


Dirty dishes and a stack of neglected papers.

Clutter (like dirty dishes piled up in the sink) is another key factor that attracts a variety of pests. We know that there are busy days that make you forget to do the dishes.

But before putting the task on hold (like waiting until morning or even if it is just a single plate) let’s be passionate to keep everything clean. Plus it is an overall dirty practice we have to overcome no matter how understandably hard it can be to kick such a bad habit away.

Pests are also fond of a stack of papers, old books that are rarely untouched, and a pile of documents you’ve stored in a drawer or shelf. These can be their hiding spots and breeding ground which may lead to a much bigger problem of infestation. (Related: GENERAL PEST CONTROL)


Yes, a houseplant can be quite attractive to have at home but it also attracts unwanted visitors– particularly the plant-feeding pests! They seek out the moisture and high humidity produced by overwatering and the standing water. Common pests that are drawn to the indoor plants’ growing conditions are mealy bugs, whitefly, fungus gnats, spider mites, thrips, and aphids.  (Read: SIGNS OF PEST INFESTATION IN WINTER)

White color for lighting, windows, and door frames.

Insects are often mesmerized by lights, whether it is a porch light, street light, or even a campfire. One of the scientific theories that explain why they are drawn to lights is the “Phototaxis” (the understanding of locomotory movement influenced by a stimulus of light). The attraction to white light and UV-emitting lights is more prevalent and preferred by insects or other flying pests when compared to yellow lights or “warm” lightbulbs.

They can’t also resist the attraction toward the white-colored window and door frames. Since they are primarily drawn by “cool” tones, consider changing the paint color for your window and door frames apart from white. Your house’s design (whether it’s interior or exterior) can determine the vulnerability of the home against pests. So it is crucial to evaluate your home design not only for aesthetic reasons. (Read: HOW TO GET RID OF DUST MITE )

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Common mistakes and negligence regarding repair and maintenance needs.

Keeping your house relatively clean will ensure fewer chances of attracting pests to cohabit with you. It is understandable how sometimes we can be forgetful about things we need to do. But if you wish to have a pest-free home, be mindful of your trash bins, get rid of clutter, and check for anything in need of repair or maintenance.

This commonly comprised untended gutters, any unsealed cracks, and gaps that could potentially be access points for pests. Please remember that procrastinating when it comes to cleaning can lead to considerable damage to your home (and your furniture as well!) Moisture (or damp areas in the house) is also an additional factor for pest infestation. That is why, fixing leaks, maintenance of unused drains and other structural issues must be included in a homeowner’s priorities. (Read: WHAT ATTRACKS PESTS TO YOUR HOME)

Did you know that your house’s location can also be a contributing element? Yes, it is true and even weather can affect infestation. So learning the top 5 residential pests in Sydney you may encounter can also be a good help to devise pest control measures ahead of time. Avoiding any of the common mistakes mentioned above is in your utmost interest. (Read: HOW TO GET RID OF BED BUGS, SIMPLE ANT PREVENTION TIPS)

Be cautious of what’s inside your house. Carefully assess your habits that could be the reason why pests feel welcomed to your space. Take time to consider how you are treating your home because you might be unintentionally sending invites to bugs and other pests. In case you are dealing with the effects of any of the bad habits or common mistakes we’ve mentioned above, call Sydney’s most reliable pest exterminator today! (Related: PEST CONTROL SERVICES IN SYDNEY)

Safe Pest Control can effectively handle the problem with customized pest control solutions for any pest infestation. Your home is in capable hands with guaranteed 100% expertise in making it pest-free! Contact us at 1300 119 085 and enjoy free estimates. (Read: HOW DOES WEATHER AFFECT PEST INFESTATIONS)

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