Pest Control, Prevention, and the Dos and Don’ts

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When you’re facing a certain type of pest infestation at home, the first question you are to ask yourself is if you can solve the problem on your own. In order to get rid of any insects and pests, you must be willing and committed enough to ask the questions. This way, you’d be able to learn how to successfully do it. Likewise, you might as well know and understand what the “dos” and “don’ts” are in pest control, the purpose of which is to avoid making costly and even dangerous mistakes.

Prevention

It’s always true that prevention is better than cure. This rule applies to pest control, too. The first part of prevention is to get rid of sources of food, shelter, and water. You must realize that the main reason why pests are at your home is because they find it appealing because of the abundance of those three. To do that, you will want to store food in sealed plastic or glass containers will be as effective. Food scraps need to be placed in trash cans with tight cover. But even if the trash can is tightly covered, you still need to empty it regularly.

houseflyIf there’s a leaky plumbing, you need to have it fixed as soon as possible. Don’t ignore it because when water accumulates in your home, insects will start wandering and thriving. It is best that you don’t leave any pet food or water out for a night.

Meanwhile, clutter is another factor that you need to address if you want to prevent pest infestation at home. Insects and pests love clutter because it provides them the ideal places to hide, make shelter, and breed. If you happen to have stacks of magazines and newspapers in the basement or old tools and unused equipment in your garage, get rid of them.

Try to see if there are areas at home that can be potential entry points and hiding spots for pests. If you see one, close it off. For cracks and crevices around baseboards and cabinets, you can close them off by caulking. For spaces around pipes, use steel wool instead. Cover the holes using wire mesh.

The Use of Pesticides

chemical treatmentWhen you’re using pesticides, be sure you’re taking all the necessary safety precautions. You will want to make sure that your kids and pets are away from those areas where pesticides are applied. After performing the preventive steps we mentioned earlier, it’s time to use baits. Baits are to be considered as the first line of defense when you’ve finally decided to use chemicals or pesticides. They are quite effective to both insects and larger pests like rodents. They come with low risk of exposure and poisoning, provided they’re used out of reach of the children and pets.

You can also use other types of low-risk pesticides specifically intended for particular pests. But it really is a good idea to ask for help and advice from a local pest exterminator or maybe rom your local pest control department. Remember though that pesticides which are not contained in either baits or traps will only be used in targeted locations and can never be sprayed over an entire room.

Never make the mistake of using outdoor chemicals for indoor use. They’re made for outdoor use for good reason. Most of them are very dangerous to use indoors since they remain toxic longer inside than they should be when used outdoors. Also, it is a serious mistake to assume that using more chemicals could mean more effectiveness. The purpose why there are label instructions is for you to read and follow them.