Good housekeeping applies equally to homes, shops, offices and factories. It involves the management or organisation of practices that prevent or restrict the entry, survival and/or breeding of pests.

Housekeeping methods are generally regular routine, client activities such as cleaning, checking stock on arrival for pests, building maintenance program, storage practices, hygiene and sanitation.

Good housekeeping is an absolutely vital part of any IPM program and will ultimately determine the degree of pest population control achieved. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear – nor can a technician be successful where housekeeping is poor.

Good housekeeping makes the pest control technician’s job more effective and efficient. The cost savings can be shared by both the client and the technician.

IPM requires the full co-operation of the client to ensure success, especially with respect to good housekeeping. It is the pest control technician’s role to consult with, and advise the client on the good housekeeping practices necessary for their particular situation.

The range of options available for enhancing housekeeping practices are extensive. Each situation will require its own unique selection of practices. The technician needs to be comprehensive, bold and imaginative in the development of a housekeeping improvement proposal.

Unfortunately much of the housekeeping activity is beyond the control of the technician, who must therefore rely heavily on developing a rapport with the client to ensure the client’s commitment to good housekeeping. The technician must also be “up-front” with the housekeeping assessment and consultation, otherwise the client could perceive the emphasis on “poor” housekeeping practices as an excuse for substandard control of the pests.

There are many insect and vertebrate pests which annoy and cause disease to people and their pets. Visit other pages to learn how to limit the risk of having pests in your home.