Common Household Items that Attract Unwanted Guests (like Oahu Chickens)
What Items in Your Home are Attracting Oahu Chickens and Other Pests?
It would be great if living in paradise actually exempted Hawaii residents from dealing with pests…then it really WOULD be paradise. But did you know there are some simple things you can do to help prevent pesky pests – from termites to Oahu chickens – some everyday household items unknowingly attract pests, leading to infestations. In this article, we’ll uncover the hidden pest-magnets in your Hawaii home, such as food packaging, pet bowls, and trash management. Discover effective preventive measures to keep pests at bay and maintain a pest-free environment.
Food Packaging (And Lack of Packaging)
If you’ve lived in Hawaii for a while then you’ve probably witnessed first hand how food packaging can inadvertently attract pests. Cardboard boxes, plastic bags, and paper packaging often contain food residues or crumbs that lure pests like ants, cockroaches, and rodents. Properly seal and store food items in airtight containers to minimize access for pests. Regularly clean and inspect your pantry to eliminate any potential food sources for unwanted guests. We know that fridge space is precious in climates like this, but we try to fit all we can in there, to keep it safe from house-crashers.
Pet Bowls and Food Storage Areas
Pets bring joy to our homes, but their food bowls and storage areas can be magnets for pests. Leaving pet food out overnight or in easily accessible areas can attract ants, flies, Oahu chickens and other pests. Plus once these pests learn they’ll be fed at your home…there’s no telling how often they’ll show up in the future. Establish a feeding routine for your pets and clean their bowls promptly after mealtime. Store pet food in sealed containers and ensure the surrounding area is kept clean and free of spilled food.
Trash and Waste Management
Improper waste management can attract a variety of pests, including ants, Oahu chickens, flies, rodents, cockroaches, and much much more… Make sure your trash bins have tight-fitting lids and are regularly emptied. Clean trash cans regularly to eliminate odors and food residues that attract pests. Consider using trash bins with built-in pest-proof features, such as sealed compartments or locking mechanisms, to prevent access to pests. This not only helps prevent pests but prevents you from having to clean up spilled and picked-over trash (yuck!).
Prevention Tips for a Pest-Free Home
- Keep your home clean and free of clutter, minimizing hiding places for pests (plus, Marie Kondo will be proud).
- Seal cracks and crevices in walls, floors, and windows to prevent pest entry.
- Regularly inspect and maintain screens on doors and windows to keep pests out.
- Trim vegetation and shrubs near your home to reduce pest access.
- Consider installing door sweeps and weatherstripping to seal gaps and prevent pest entry.
- Schedule regular pest inspections and treatments with a professional pest control service familiar with Hawaii’s unique pest challenges.
A life in Hawaii is better without termites, rodents, Oahu chickens, mosquitoes, and the rest of the pest clan. But by identifying and addressing common household items that attract pests, you can minimize the risk of infestations in your Hawaii home. And remember, when in doubt, consult with a professional pest control service like Mid-Pacific Pest Control to ensure your home remains a sanctuary free from unwanted guests. With proactive pest prevention, you can enjoy the beauty of Hawaii without the intrusion of pests!