For a lot of people, the sight of a rodent in their homes is a very frightening experience. No one wants to have pests in their home, right? But before you call an extermination service, there are a few things you should know so you can prevent a pest infestation in the future.
- Having a clean kitchen is not enough to safeguard your home from insects and rodents. Moisture also plays a big role in the attraction of pests and if you leave moisture sources in and around your home, it will continue to attract unwanted critters in your property.
- Pest control companies will make every effort to completely eliminate your pest problem but without cooperation from the homeowner, the outcome won’t be as successful. So if you’re instructed to keep your garage doors closed all the time, then do it. If you’re advised to fix your window screens, then have it fixed right away.
- It’s not a good idea to try and resolve the problem on your own. Sure there are plenty of bug and rodent treatments available but not having the experience and knowledge on how to use them can leave a lot of room for mistakes. You may end up putting chemicals in the wrong places, rendering the products ineffective. Or you might pick a product that does not pass safety guidelines, which could put you and your loved ones at risk.
- Just because you don’t see critters in your home, it doesn’t mean they’re not there. Place tight-fitting weatherstrips on your doors, place hardware cloths on foundation vents, and install window screens to keep pests from entering. Large openings should also be stuffed with steel wool before you seal them with caulk.
- It’s important to hire an exterminator who knows exactly what they’re doing. Avoid dealing with an inexperienced exterminator otherwise you risk having to deal with a botched job. Do your research before you choose a pest control company and check if they have the necessary qualifications and training to be able to handle the job effectively.
- The treatments they use are safe for human exposure. Reputable pest control services use treatments that do not pose any negative impact on people’s health or the environment. Many of these companies follow the Integrated Pest Management process, which is committed to using the safest products in the least possible amount.
- Some pests aren’t so bad.
Termites have been known to cause $5B worth of damages to homes every year. Cockroaches can trigger asthma. Rats and mice may carry deadly diseases. But not everything that crawls is bad. There are insects like lady beetles which can safeguard the plants in your garden.
- It’s a good idea to inform your neighbors if you have a rodent or pest problem. This is especially true if you live in an apartment or condo. The units adjacent to yours, as well as the floors below and above yours, should also be checked to see if they have a pest problem as well.