The first thing you will want to do when you see any kind of pest infestation in your home is to get rid of it. It’s important to know there is a right way and a wrong way to do that. The right way will get the problem under control while keeping your home and family safe. The wrong way, however, could be more expensive and damaging than any vermin you might see crawling around. Having said that, here are some of the do’s and don’ts of pest control.
What to Do with Pests
The first thing to do if you speculate a problem is to clarify the culprit. It could be as simple as getting a good look at a trail of ants or a cockroach in your kitchen. You also may want to check your pets for fleas. Or it could include something more in-thoroughness such as inspecting your walls for termite damage. A local pest control company can help you clarify and resolve the problem.
Once you’ve ID’d your culprit, decide if the invasion is at a level you can tolerate. Seeing a few ants on your kitchen floor sometimes isn’t cause for alarm. Seeing several all the time is something that should be addressed.
The solution may be as easy as removing supplies of standing water in your yard. Also, remove anything that could be used for shelter. Store food in sealed plastic and glass containers. Keep your home free of clutter that can be used as hiding places. And regularly remove trash from your home.
When it comes time to use traps and pesticides, make sure you do so safely. Try to use baited traps for insects and rodents. These are generally safer for you and your family than chemical pesticides. If you must use a pesticide without a trap, apply it only to targeted areas and not to an complete room. Keep pets and children away from these areas. And always follow the directions provided.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Pests can be very persistent. They tend to reappear just when you think they’re all gone. If you have questions or feel like you can’t resolve the problem by yourself, contact a local pest control service.
What Not to Do with Pests
There are two things you do not want to do when it comes to pest control. One is using too much of a pesticide. The second is using the wrong pesticide. A little bit of poison can go a long way. Don’t assume that twice as much will be twice as effective. All that will do is endanger your family’s health. You also should never use an outdoor pesticide inside your home. Those products are designed for the outdoors for a reason.
Like many things in life, safe and effective pest control boils down to shared sense. Following the directions on any pest control product you use is very important.