Pest control is a must for any home or business. There are many pests that can infest your property and cause health issues, as well as structural damage. However, there are certain things you should not do when it comes to pest control–and other steps you should take to ensure the job is done correctly. In this blog post, some of these do’s and don’ts will be discussed.
Don’t Leave Food Outside
Don’t leave food outside because food attracts animals and they will return to the same place for more, which means you’ll have an infestation on your hands very quickly.
Place food in tightly closed containers such as plastic or metal cans. This will make sure the pests can’t get to it plus keep them safe from heat exposure, which can happen if left outside.
Don’t Use Pesticides Indiscriminately
Don’t use pesticides indiscriminately. An uncountable number of pest control advice sources warn that pesticides are toxic to humans and wildlife. They may also harm plants you want in your garden and pets that live there too. Look for a product with low toxicity ratings (like “a,” which is least hazardous) or avoid using any at all if possible.
Also, pesticides that are not specifically labeled for your specific pest can have unknown effects, and could even be harmful to you or the environment. If you can’t find a specific pesticide, call your local extension agent for advice.
Further, don’t use pesticide concentrations indoors. When sprayed or fogged, pesticide residues will remain in the area for a long time and can be harmful to you, your pets, and your children. They are also difficult to remove from surfaces like carpeting and furniture. Treat these items by vacuuming them thoroughly before allowing someone into the room again.
Do Keep Garbage Cans Covered And Clean
Keep garbage cans covered and clean to discourage pests, especially when they’re full. This will also keep the smell down from rotting food and other waste products that attract insects like flies to lay their eggs in them. Covering your garbage cans with lids or caps helps ensure that animals can’t get into them. This at the same time keeps out bugs and vermin such as raccoons.
You should also empty them regularly for good reason. For example, a wrinkled paper may look like nesting material to many types of insects, which will end up stinking up your house if they hatch there without anything else getting killed first! It’s best to just throw all recyclable items away.
Do Check For Signs Of Pests On A Regular Basis
You should check for signs of pests on a regular basis so you can catch them early and get rid of them quickly. This will help keep your home pest-free, while also saving time and money in the long run. You may not have a problem right now, but if you don’t know about it how would you even know?
There are some common signs of pests infestations, including:
- Foul odors or any other strange smells
- Dark spots on the carpet that can’t be easily removed with vacuuming
- Strange looking bugs running around in your home
- You should also keep an eye out for their droppings and eggs so you know what type of pest it is – whether it’s a roach, mouse, fly, wasp, etc
- Sudden population increase or change in species composition (i.e., flies to roaches)
- New types of pests showing up where they weren’t seen before; for example, if you don’t have any rodents outside but suddenly see mouse droppings inside
- A sudden jump in the number of insects such as ants and spiders crawling around indoors
- Nests found under bushes or other out-of-the-way places are another sign that something may be amiss with your home’s environment so sometimes it pays off to investigate those areas more closely than others
Don’t forget to check outside too. Pests tend to crawl under structures like patios or decks where they’ll lay eggs and hide from predators until conditions are right again for them to move inside homes; this behavior makes inspecting these places a good idea as well.
Do Call A Pest Control Professional
If the pest problem is getting out of hand, you want to get a pest control professional in the house as soon as possible. There are many different pests, and each one may require specific treatment methods that only an experienced company can offer. Especially if your problem is not urgent, it’s still important to call for an inspection because most companies will provide at least some free services like advice or basic treatments just for coming out.
The first thing an inspector will do is ask you a few questions about the problem. They’ll want to know what pests have been seen, where they are typically found in your home or business, and how long you’ve noticed them around. From there they can best diagnose the issue at hand so that you get exactly what you need for pest control.
Use a pest control company that is licensed and bonded. You really want to make sure that you are using a pest control company that has all the appropriate credentials and licenses for your area. It doesn’t matter how good or inexpensive they might be, if they don’t have valid licensing then it’s not worth taking any risk with them in your home.
The second thing you will want to do is look for companies that offer sustainable services like organic pesticides, recycled packaging, and earth-friendly pest treatments whenever possible. This is especially important because of some people’s sensitivities or health issues (like asthma), but also just as a simple fact about being more environmentally friendly overall – so why would anyone choose otherwise?
Seal Up Any Cracks Or Gaps Where Pests Can Enter
It’s important to seal up any cracks or gaps where pests can enter, such as windows and doors. This is because most pest infestations start outside of the home in places like under porches and beneath decks, then make their way inside due to porous entry points. If you are sealing an exterior space while we’re working on your interior treatment plan, it’s important to understand that new bugs may continue entering through these cracks long after our job is done.
Termites, roaches, ants, and rats are all pests that can infest your home. It’s important to be proactive in preventing these bugs from getting a foothold by taking preventative measures like sealing cracks or holes with caulking or expanding foam insulation. You should also make sure there aren’t any broken windows or other openings near the ground so they have no way of entering your house. If you already see signs of an infestation it’s time for professional help because some pest control methods require specialized equipment such as gas-powered foggers which could cause injury if used incorrectly.
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