7 Pest Control Suggestions
Remove their food-keep food place away in sealed packages or the refrigerator; eliminate debris, crumbs and grease especially from cracks and crevices. Never neglect pet food left out or opened bags left within the laundry room or garage. For a persistent pet food infestationplace pet meals bowl in a larger shallow pan fill with water to create a natural barrier. Eliminating as much as possible removes the pest’s food source.
Get rid of their water-look for areas of excess moisture such as under sinks, shower/bath areas, hot water heaters, over-irrigating at exterior perimeter, and air-conditioning units re-direct or eliminate to get rid of pest’s water source. Gutters holding decomposing organic leaf matter really should be cleaned regularly.
Remove their homes-inspect storage locations at interior and exterior and either place away from the structure such as firewood or place in plastic airtight bins to eliminate pest’s harborage locations. Remember this includes the garage and attic especially if cardboard storage boxes are being used. Plastic is recommended as cardboard is the perfect home since it can be a meals source and a “nursery” for pests.Get rid of branches and trim plants too close to structure. Preserve trimmed about 2 feet away to get rid of easy traveling from plant/tree to structure entry points.
Get rid of entry points-inspect structure exterior and seal up obvious entry points around electrical conduits, pipes, windows and doors. Foam sealant in a can is a quick as well as inexpensive fix. Weather stripping at windows and doors will not only hold out pests but improve energy efficiency.
Eliminate over the counter pesticides if you are not seeing results. Use pesticides wisely – understand how they work and why. Know how to use them and what pests they affect. Ineffective use of pesticide is not just a waste of money but an environmental hazard for your family and pets. It is important to know how to use the pesticide, where it can be used, how much and how often to use it. Over application is as bad as under application. Applying the wrong products at the wrong regions will only cause the pests to scatter and multiply.
Get rid of unlicensed applicator’s who are “doing it on the side” the liability is ultimately not worth the savings if any. The consumer has no recourse – what if the applicator is injured on your property? What if misapplication of pesticide causes injury/damage to you or your neighbors or pets? Or worse yet is applying pesticide you cannot see incorrectly in your home? A licensed, insured and bonded state regulated Pest Handle provider must meet rigorous criteria to obtain and maintain their licenses. This is to protect the consumer. Know your pest manage provider and make sure they are indeed state licensed and insured. See if they belong to industry related organizations and consumer protection organizations such as the Better Business Bureau.
3 Most Common Pest Control Mistakes
Purchasing over the counter sprays and self- treating. Many grocery store products simply do not provide lasting benefits and ultimately cause more trouble than they are worth. If you currently have a pest manage provider many times the spray you purchase is a contact repellant that kills the pests you see but has no lasting residual and actually contaminates the professional products in place. Using repellant sprays cause a phenomenon called “budding” with many species of ants. The workers are killed and do not return to the colony. The colony will then create more queens and they will “bud” creating more colonies! Roaches infestations may temporarily reduce but the larvae will soon hatch. Sprays for Bed Bug infestations end up spreading the infestation as they will avoid the sprayed places for a short time. Our suggestion would be if you have an occasional invading pest spritz it with window cleaning spray-same result less expensive and definitely less toxic! On-going pest problems need professional treatment.
Starting a pest manage service while you see pests and stopping when you don’t see pest. The pest you don’t see are not necessarily gone – they are under handle. Pest will remain in the environment and will always be looking for meals, water and harborage. The pest manage provider’s goal is to control them in your environment. Stopping service because you don’t see pest will lead to pest populations getting out of handle again. Consistent and regular pest control service will break that cycle.
Not knowing and understanding the Pest Manage provider’s treatment plan. Make sure you know and understand what your provider is doing for your service. Ask questions, check licenses, ask what they are treating your property with and why. Your Pest Manage provider should be able to provide answers and suggestions for your pest manage needs. “Green” products are often used within the industry today to reduce environmental impact. Find out what products will work for your home. If your Pest handle provider seems to be just looking around your property find out why-better technicians will ALWAYS inspect before ever applying product. Learn more about IPM practices from your provider. If they don’t provide information and treatment plans incorporating IPM Practices and “Green” products call a company that can!