18 January 2024

Guarding Your Vacant Property Against Pests

Vacant properties often become vulnerable to various pest infestations if left unchecked. 

Shield Pest Control is committed to helping property owners maintain a pest-free environment. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore practical strategies and tips to keep vacant properties secure from unwanted pests.

What Kind of Pests Could Make Their Home in my Empty Property?

Vacant properties can become inviting habitats for a variety of pests, taking advantage of the unattended and undisturbed environment. One common intruder is rodents, particularly rats and mice. These adaptable creatures are skilled at finding shelter in abandoned buildings, exploiting gaps and cracks for entry. They pose significant risks, as they can carry diseases, damage structures, and contaminate food supplies.

In addition to rodents, insects such as cockroaches and ants may thrive in empty properties. Cockroaches, known for their resilience, can endure harsh conditions and quickly multiply in the absence of human activity. Ant colonies may establish nests indoors, seeking warmth and shelter. Both pests can compromise hygiene and pose health risks, especially in residential areas where they may venture into neighbouring homes.

The presence of birds like pigeons is also a concern. Uninhabited buildings provide ideal roosting and nesting sites, leading to potential damage from their droppings, which can harbour harmful pathogens. Moreover, bird infestations can create additional maintenance challenges, such as clogged drains and damaged roofing.

Lastly, vacant properties are susceptible to infestations by insects like bed bugs. These pests are notorious for their ability to hitchhike on clothing or furniture, making their way into empty homes and establishing colonies. Bedbug infestations can be particularly challenging to eradicate and often require professional pest control measures.

But what can you do to prevent pest infestations in your empty property?


Inspect and Seal Entry Points: 

Start by conducting a thorough inspection of the property. Identify and seal any potential entry points for pests, such as gaps around windows and doors, cracks in the foundation, or openings in the roof. Use weatherstripping, caulk, and mesh screens to fortify these vulnerable areas.

Maintain Cleanliness: 

Pests thrive in unkempt environments. Ensure the property is kept clean and free from debris. Regularly remove any standing water, as it serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. Sweep and vacuum the interiors to eliminate food crumbs that might attract pests.

Regular Pest Control Treatments: 

Schedule routine pest control treatments with Shield Pest Control to create a protective barrier against unwanted invaders. 

Utilise environmentally-friendly and targeted methods to address specific pest threats. Regular treatments can prevent infestations and keep the property secure.

Install Motion-Activated Lighting: 

Install motion-activated lighting around the property exterior. This not only deters human intruders but also discourages nocturnal pests. Many pests, including rodents and insects, prefer the cover of darkness. Well-lit exteriors make the property less appealing to these unwanted guests.

Motion Activated Light

Secure Rubbish Disposal: 

Proper rubbish disposal is crucial in preventing pest infestations. Use sealed bins and place them away from the property. Regularly empty and clean the bins to eliminate odours that attract pests.

Regular Landscape Maintenance: 

Overgrown vegetation can provide shelter and hiding spots for pests. Keep the landscaping well-maintained by trimming bushes, trees, and grass regularly. Remove any dead plants or debris that could harbour pests.


Monitor Moisture Levels: 

Moisture attracts pests like termites and mould, making it essential to monitor and control moisture levels. Fix any leaks promptly, use dehumidifiers in damp areas, and ensure proper ventilation.

Collaborate with Neighbours: 

Coordinate pest control efforts with neighbours to create a collective defence against infestations. Share information about potential pest threats and encourage a community-wide approach to keeping vacant properties secure.


House next door

Shield Pest Control London emphasises the importance of a proactive approach to pest control for vacant properties. By implementing these strategies – from sealing entry points to regular pest control treatments – property owners can rest assured that their investment remains shielded from the threats of unwanted pests. Together, we can create a pest-free environment and ensure that vacant properties stay secure and well-protected.

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