When it comes to pest control and pest prevention, understanding what to do and what not to do is important. As winter begins many insects are in search of a way to survive including finding food and shelter. Seasonal pests such as cockroaches, bed bugs and mice may have found a way into your home, and if they haven’t there are measures you can take to avoid them.
Here are 6 do’s and don’ts of residential pest control:
Do Take Preventative Measures
During the winter months, one of the key preventative measures you can take to avoid a pest problem is ensuring that you keep your property clean and free of clutter. Block off any holes or areas where pests can enter your home, and be sure to inspect any items you bring in for pests such as termites, fleas, or bed bugs.
Regularly perform an inspection of your house, including checking bedding for bed bugs, and checking your property for rodent droppings. For detailed guidelines on checking for pests please visit our pest control library.
Do Properly Identify If There Is a Problem
Just as there are many different pests, they all require different solutions. The treatment for bed bugs will be different than for cockroaches and ensure you use the proper pest control product before using any chemicals or setting any traps.
Do Call In An Expert
If you’re finding that your pest problem continues to happen or is not getting any better, or if it is already out of hand, do call a certified pest control expert. Having a properly trained and experienced expert will provide you with a permanent solution, preventative measures, and will answer any other questions you might have.
Don’t Mix Pest Control Products Together
You might think that mixing your pest control products together would make them stronger, but the answer is no. All products are made up of different solutions and mixing them together can be hazardous to your family’s health.
Don’t Leave Traps Or Chemicals Where Children Can Find Them
This might seem like an obvious don’t. Many chemicals are dangerous as stated above about mixing products together. Ensure any remaining chemicals are locked up safely and out of sight from kids, and areas that have been sprayed are blocked off as well. This also goes for any traps, be sure that all traps are hidden behind cabinets or under shelves where children and pets cannot find or accidentally run into them.
Don’t Let It Get Out Of Control
Often times a pest problem has already started once you notice it. If you have not started preventative measures, it is important that you take steps to do so, as food, clutter, and water sources can create a breeding ground for bugs and rodents.
If you suspect you have a problem, don’t hesitate to contact a pest control company. With over 30 years of combined services, Assassin Pest Control can provide you with a free quote and answer any questions you may have in a discreet manner.