A pest infestation in your home can be concerning, alarming, and potentially a hazard to your health. If pests are able to establish a foothold in your home, they can introduce parasites, germs, and bacteria into your home. It is best that you act as soon as you notice that you have pests forming in your home. However, acting is not straightforward, and there are a number of different things that you can do in order to counteract your pest infestation. By reading this guide, we hope you will become your home’s pest defender (get it?).
Here is what to do when pests begin infesting your home at an alarming rate.
Seal Up Openings and Cracks
Often, pests are able to get into our homes through cracks, openings, and gaps in our windows, walls, and doors. If you want to prevent any more pests from getting into your home, then we definitely recommend that you seal up any gaps or cracks. It is best that you do this immediately before you begin to treat your home for pests – the reason being that you may eliminate one group of pests, but another will be able to get straight back in. Seal up these cracks before you begin to address your overall pest problem.
When sealing up cracks and gaps, you need to go methodically through your home and carefully figure out the route that the pests are taking to get into your home. This works for both bugs and rats and mice. If you have larger pests, such as rats and mice, then you will want to ensure you look for hidden cracks and holes in the walls that they are getting into your home through. If you have wooden floorboards, you may want to lift them up and see if there are any points of entry that are underneath the floorboards.
Clean Up After Yourself
More often than not, pests get into our homes or are attracted to our homes, because of the waste left unattended throughout our homes, most often in the kitchen. If you want to prevent pests from gaining an interest in your home, then we definitely recommend that you clean up after yourself. This may seem self-explanatory, but you would be surprised at how many people do not clean up their homes after themselves, particularly their kitchens. All you need to do is leave food waste out in your home, and pests will acquire an interest.
If you begin to carefully clean up after yourself whenever you finish eating or are finished with food, you will give pests very little reason to be in your home. Pests will hang around for as long as they have a food source, though they do tend to hang around once they have been introduced into a place. Instead of having to get rid of them after they are already in your home, why not just prevent them from getting in, to begin with. Cleaning up after yourself is very easy and does not take much work – it is something that you must get into the habit of doing.
When you are dealing with pests that just don’t want to go, you may need to enlist the help of a professional pest removal specialist. It is not particularly expensive to fund specialist pest removal, and it is your best chance at getting rid of the pests that are plaguing your home. The pest removal experts generally have more than enough experience and are more than qualified to remove any pests from your home. If you do not want to pay for a pest specialist, then you should at the very least have one come into your home and give you a quote and offer a strategy for getting rid of your home’s pests.
It is often thought that pests enter your home attracted only by food, but this is wrong. Pests also come into people’s homes in search of water. If you regularly leave pools or patches of water around in your home, then you may begin to see an increase in pests in your home. Dry up after yourself and you will give pests no reason to be in your home. Trust us, dry up your spills!
If you are planning on eradicating a pest infestation from your home, then you will likely need to enlist the help of chemicals (assuming you do not go for the much simpler option of a pest removal specialist). Working with chemicals can be very dangerous, but even so, it is safe provided that you follow the instructions and do not overdo it. Chemicals are safe, assuming that you are not irresponsible; unfortunately, most people are incredibly irresponsible when they are dealing with chemicals. If you cannot be trusted, or do not trust yourself, save yourself the bother and deal with a pest removal specialist.
There are a number of sticky pads on the market that you can use to trap bugs as soon as they enter your home. If you can identify an area that bugs typically enter your home through, then you can treat it with a sticky pad. Sticky pads are a great way to catch the bug, as well as identify their source of entry. Leave these pads around your home for a day or two, then come back to them and you should find bugs stuck to them.
Pests and bugs in your home can be very unhygienic and quite unsafe especially if you have young children around. It is important that you approach a pest infestation methodically and carefully; if you do not act appropriately, you can actually spread your infestation and introduce more pests into your home. You may also potentially put your and your family’s lives at risk if you are using chemicals without professional training. Follow the few tips for your pest infestation mentioned above, so that you can eliminate them and prevent further infestations.