Pests can be a nuisance, especially if they leave destruction in their wake. Unfortunately, many people only realize they have a pest problem when it's too late, which costs them more than what they would spend addressing the problem in the early stages. The moment you notice the signs of pests in your home, you should contact a pest control service. Here are three things you should avoid when controlling pests.
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is failing to acknowledge that poor housekeeping attracts pests. Good housekeeping practices are your best defense against pests. Bear in mind that spiders take refuge in corners and isolated boxes, and mice create nests from rags and cardboard. Other pests hide in untouched woodpiles.
Typically, pests thrive in areas that are untouched for a long time. Therefore, ensure all the corners and crevices in your home are clean. Additionally, avoid woodpiles and food remains in your home. It is also recommended that you clean and vacuum your carpet regularly. Trim bushes and trees, and remove food and other debris on your lawn during barbecues.
DIY Pest Control
Another mistake people make is controlling pests using products sold at the local store. Sometimes using the wrong products may pose serious health problems to you and your family. You should leave pest control to professional services.
DIY pest control may work if you are dealing with minor infestations like a single mouse or bed bugs in your bed and furniture. However, for serious infestations, DIY methods will not work. This is because oftentimes, these methods don't address the root cause of the problem.
Moreover, homeowners lack the expertise and tools to completely eliminate persistent pests. Over time, hiring a pest control professional is more cost-effective than eradicating pests on your own.
Failing to Follow Up
After your pest problem is addressed, many homeowners make the mistake of forgetting to follow up. However, just because pests have been eradicated doesn't mean they will not return. Therefore, it's important that you ask your pest control professional to advise you on the best preventative measures.
Also, it's worth noting that pest control is an ongoing process. You should keep monitoring your premises for pests and taking steps to keep them away from your house. This may include inspecting your mattresses, ensuring surfaces are clean to keep away cockroaches, and sealing gaps to keep rats and mice away. It may also help if you schedule pest inspection for areas that are susceptible to pest infestations. To learn more, contact a pest control service.