Insects, spiders, rodents, beetles, and even lizards – every area in the country has some type of pest that just can’t wait to get inside your home. This can cost you not only money, but time as well. They are quite an annoyance for almost anyone that has experienced them. Fortunately, here are ways to prevent pest infestations. We put together a list of the best ways to prevent pests inside your home. If you are still having issues or want to learn more about insect removal after this list, make sure to give us a call.
Remove Their Food and Water
You may be unwittingly providing insects, rodents, or other pests with food, water, and shelter, giving them no reason to leave your house. A cluttered home can easily allow pests to come and live in places like old magazines and cardboard. Throw out any old, unusable, or broken items to reduce possible hiding places. Make sure all your food is in sealed containers or bags. Whenever you have leftovers, make sure you aren’t putting them in a wide-open garbage can. Have your garbage tightly sealed so they don’t smell leftover food in there.
If you have any plumbing issues, this may be where pests are getting their water. It’s important to fix any water issues you are having. If there are cracks around cabinets, it’s important that those are sealed off. These are perfect places for pests to live. If you have a pet, don’t leave its food and water out overnight, or this can act as an open buffet for unwanted invaders. Once you and your pet are going to sleep, dump out any water and put all pet food into sealed containers.
Use Pesticide with Caution
When using pesticide, the first precaution is never to spray where children or pets will be playing, eating, or sleeping. Keep them far away from where any pesticide has been applied. Secondly, make sure you are only applying the pesticide to specific areas. Target these areas while spraying the whole room. The third recommendation is to always follow the directions. Not all pesticides are the same. This is not only important so that the pesticide works correctly, but for your health, too.
It’s also important to ensure the label says it can be used in the home. Some pesticides aren’t meant to be used indoors and may cause health problems if inhaled. It’s also important to note never to dispose of any leftover pesticide by simply dumping it in the garbage. The information on how to dispose of the pesticide should be on the container. Some communities have a method for collecting waste like this, so you may want to do some research.
Contact the Professionals
If you have tried these tricks and are still noticing a pest problem, it’s important to call professional exterminators so an invasion doesn’t turn into a permanent infestation. Give us a call today to learn more about pest prevention and eradication.