Home preparation for travel & maintaining a pest-free haven


Integrating deep cleaning with meticulous pest prevention not only enhances your home's cleanliness but also fortifies it against unwanted intruders, ensuring a serene return to a pest-free environment. With a nod to the often-asked question, "How often should you deep clean your house?", this guide integrates deep cleaning strategies with meticulous pest prevention.

Pre-travel home prep: 8 ways to safeguard against pests

1. Deep cleaning mastery: Vacuum thoroughly, focusing on hidden corners and under furniture. Clean surfaces and floors, paying special attention to the kitchen and dining areas where food particles often accumulate. Remember, a clean home is less attractive to pests, reducing the likelihood of unwelcome surprises upon your return.

2. Pantry moth countermeasures: Pantry moths, if left unchecked, can wreak havoc in your food storage areas. Before you leave, set up Dr. Killigan’s Premium Pantry Moth Traps in strategic locations.


These traps use pheromones to lure moths, trapping them and preventing infestation. Inspect your pantry and discard any compromised food items. Sealing grains, cereals and other dry goods in airtight containers is also a wise precaution against these stealthy intruders.

3. Garment guardians: Wool and other keratin-rich fabrics are prime targets for clothing moths. Protect your clothing by placing them in moth-proof garment bags. As an added layer of defense, place Dr. Killigan's Clothing Moth Traps in your wardrobes and drawers. These non-toxic traps work as an excellent preventative measure. 

4. Fruit fly deterrence: Fruit flies are attracted to ripe or fermenting fruits left out in the open. Ensure that no fruits or vegetables are left on your counters. Store produce in the refrigerator or consume it before your departure. 

5. Perimeter shield with Dust to Dust: Apply Dr. Killigan’s Dust to Dust Non-Toxic Insect Powder around the perimeter of your home, focusing on entry points like doors and windows, as well as any cracks or crevices. This non-toxic powder is effective against a wide range of insects, providing a safe and natural barrier to keep pests at bay.

6. Six Feet Under’s protective veil: For long-lasting protection, use Dr. Killigan’s Six Feet Under Non-Toxic Insect Spray. This spray creates a residual barrier that remains effective for up to 30 days. Apply it in key areas prone to pest entry and infestation. Its natural ingredients ensure safety for your family and pets.

7. Fly Inn vigilance: Check your Fly Inn Fly Trap before leaving and replace any full or old glue inserts with fresh ones. These traps are designed to discreetly capture flies. Ensure that your return isn’t greeted by a buzzing nuisance.

8. Insect Buster readiness: Having Dr. Killigan’s Insect Buster Bulb Buster on hand is essential for last-minute pest control needs. It’s designed for easy application of Dust to Dust, allowing for precise and effective placement of the powder. 

    Pre-travel home prep: 8 ways to secure your sanctuary

    1. Organize and declutter: Pests like spiders and rodents often hide in cluttered spaces. Take time to organize and declutter your home. Pay special attention to areas like basements, attics and garages where clutter tends to accumulate. 

    2. Secure your home: Thoroughly check all windows and doors to ensure they are properly sealed and locked.


     Small gaps or cracks can be entry points for pests. Consider adding weather stripping or caulking any gaps you find. If you have a pet door, make sure it's secured as well. 

    3. Notify a trusted neighbor or friend: They can keep an eye on your property, collect mail and notify you of any issues. If possible, leave them a key so they can check inside your home periodically for any signs of pest activity or other problems like water leaks.

    4. Manage trash and recycling: Remove any garbage and recycling from your home before you leave. Pests are attracted to the smells of trash and leftover food. Make sure your outdoor bins are securely closed to prevent animals from scavenging.

    5. Adjust thermostat and unplug electronics: Setting your thermostat to an energy-efficient temperature can prevent extreme conditions that might attract pests seeking shelter. Unplug unnecessary electronics to save energy and reduce fire hazards.

    6. Water plants and lawn maintenance: If you have a lawn or garden, consider scheduling maintenance in your absence. Overgrown grass can attract pests. Water your plants or arrange for someone to do so, as dry indoor plants can attract pests like spider mites.

    7. Store pet food: If you have pets, ensure that their food is stored in sealed containers. Open bags of pet food can attract rodents and insects.

    8. Inspect roof and gutters: Check your roof for any damage and clean out gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to water buildup, attracting pests like mosquitoes.

    Access your free printable house cleaning checklist here

    To further streamline your pre and post-travel home preparation, Dr. Killigan's is proud to offer a meticulously crafted, free printable house cleaning checklist. This user-friendly checklist encapsulates each item from our guide in a convenient checkbox format. 

    Simply click this link to instantly access your checklist. 


    Conclusion: Peace of mind with Dr. Killigan's

    Following this comprehensive guide ensures a home that’s not just clean and welcoming upon your return, but also resilient against pest invasions.

    Embrace the effective, eco-friendly solutions offered by Dr. Killigan's to safeguard your home. Explore our range of products for a pest-free living space and discover the serenity that comes with a well-protected home. Visit our website for more insights and join us in championing a healthy, harmonious living environment.

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