1. Get rid of their food—keep food in sealed packages or the refrigerator; clean debris, crumbs, and grease out of cracks and crevices, especially. Don’t forget about pet food that has been left out or opened bags that have been left in the laundry room or garage. To create a natural barrier against a persistent pet food infestation, place the pet food bowl in a larger shallow pan filled with water. The pest’s food source is removed as much as possible.visit
2. Remove their water source—re-direct or eliminate areas of excess moisture such as under sinks, shower/bath areas, hot water heaters, over-irrigating at the exterior perimeter, and air-conditioning units. Cleaning the gutters that hold decomposing organic leaf matter should be done on a regular basis.
3. Remove their homes-inspect storage areas on the inside and outside of the structure and either store away from the structure, such as firewood, or store in plastic airtight bins to eliminate pest harborage areas. Remember to include the garage and attic, especially if you’re using cardboard storage boxes. Plastic is preferred over cardboard because it can serve as a food source and a “nursery” for pests.
4. Remove branches and trim plants that are too close to the structure. Trim about 2 feet away from plant/tree entry points to prevent easy travel from plant/tree to structure entry points.
5. Seal up obvious entry points around electrical conduits, pipes, windows, and doors-inspect the structure exterior and seal up obvious entry points around electrical conduits, pipes, windows, and doors. A can of foam sealant is a quick and inexpensive fix. Not only will weather stripping at windows and doors keep pests out, but it will also improve energy efficiency.
6. If you’re not getting results from over-the-counter pesticides, get rid of them. Understand how and why pesticides operate before using them. Know when and how to use them, as well as which pests they affect. Ineffective pesticide use is not only a waste of resources, but it also poses an environmental risk to your family and pets. It is important to understand how to use the pesticide, where it can be used, and how often and how often it can be used. It’s just as bad to apply too much as it is to apply too little. Pests will scatter and multiply if the wrong items are used in the wrong places.
7. Remove unlicensed applicators that are “doing it on the side” because the risk is not worth the savings, if any. What if the applicator is hurt on your premises and the user has no recourse? What if a pesticide misapplication causes injury or harm to you, your neighbours, or your pets? Worse, what if you use a pesticide in your home that you can’t see? To obtain and retain their licences, an approved, insured, and bonded state-regulated Pest Control provider must meet stringent requirements. This is done to safeguard the client. Make sure your pest control company is licenced and insured in your state. Check to see if they are a member of any industry-related or consumer-protection groups, such as the Better Business Bureau.
The Top 3 Pest Control Mistakes
1. Buying over-the-counter sprays and treating yourself. Many store-bought items do not have long-term benefits and, in the end, cause more hassle than they are worth. Many times, if you already have a pest control service, the spray you buy is a contact repellant that kills the pests you encounter but has no long-term residual and potentially contaminates the professional products you already have. With several types of ants, repellant sprays induce a phenomenon known as “budding.” The colony’s workers are killed and do not return. The colony will then produce more queens, which will “bud” and result in the formation of more colonies! Roaches infestations can be reduced temporarily, but the larvae may hatch soon. Sprays for bed bug infestations disperse the infestation so the bugs avoid the sprayed areas for a limited period of time. If you have an occasional invading insect, we recommend spritzing it with window cleaning spray—same result, less costly, and certainly less dangerous! Ongoing pest problems necessitate the assistance of a veterinarian.
2. Begin a pest control service when there are pests present and stop when there are no pests present. The pests you don’t see aren’t actually gone; they’ve just been brought under control. Pests will stay in the area, searching for food, water, and a safe haven. The aim of the pest control company is to keep them under control in your area. Stopping service because you don’t see a pest could result in pest populations exploding once more. The cycle can be broken with consistent and regular pest control services.
3. Not knowing and comprehending the treatment plan of the Pest Control company. Make sure you know and understand what your service provider is doing. Ask questions, look over permits, and find out how they’re handling your property and why. Your pest control company should be able to answer your questions and make recommendations for your pest control needs. To minimise environmental effects, “green” products are often used in the industry today. Discover which items will work best in your home. Find out why your pest control company is only looking around your property—better technicians can ALWAYS check before adding any substance. Your provider will provide you with more information about IPM activities. If they can’t provide you with details and treatment plans that include IPM practises and “green” goods, find someone who can!