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A clean home free of pests is a happy home! After all, it sure isn't fun to spot a cockroach or lizard scampering about in your kitchen.

Here are 5 simple things you can do:


1. Take Out The Trash Every Night

When you leave your trash out, you’re attracting. Make it a habit to take the trash out every night and dispose of raw food waste immediately.


2. Clean Your Sink Regularly 

You’d be surprised at how insects and other pests can actually crawl up your drainage pipe at home. Every time, when you wash plates and let leftover food find its way into your sink’s drainage pipe, you’re inviting pests into your home.

Cleanse your draining pipe by pouring half a cup of baking soad and half a cup of vinegar to dissolve leftover food particles. Afterwards, rinse with boiling water.


3. Grow Insect Repellant Plants

Some plants like citronella, marigold and catnip can help to repel some insects.

Alternatively, get yourself some citronella or lemongrass spray and spray your curtains with them to keep insects like mosquitos and flies out.


4. Clean Your Counter Tops Properly

Make it a point to clean your kitchen countertops and stove every night to keep food particles from constantly building up. 


5. Get Pest Control Netting

Get magnetic pest control nests that keep tiny critters out. This way, you can still leave the windows open without worrying about mosquitoes or bees entering your home.


Written for The Singapore Women's Weekly.