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What are the Do’s and Don’ts of Pest Control?

What are the Do's and Don'ts of Pest Control?

What are the Do’s and Don’ts of Pest Control?

You’ve got a house, and that’s great! But you probably didn’t know that pests can be as much of a problem as they are. And if you don’t take care of them quickly enough, they can do some serious damage to your home and health. But with the right information, you can avoid those headaches by knowing what to do when pests show up on your doorstep.

Introduction

In this article we’ll look at how to spot common household pests like rats, mice and termites plus how to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Then we’ll discuss ways to deal with them once they’re inside as well as what not do when dealing with them (hint: don’t use poisons).

Do have regular inspections done as part of your maintenance routine.

The most important thing to do is have regular inspections done as part of your maintenance routine. We recommend having a pest control company inspect your home every year, or more often if you have a rodent or insect problem.

With these inspections, they’ll be able to identify any entry points that pests can use and determine what kind of problems you might be facing. Once they’ve identified these issues, they can put together an effective plan to deal with them.

Don’t try to control a rat infestation by yourself.

The thing about rats is that they are extremely good at hiding. Rat populations can grow fast, and before you know it your whole house is covered in rat poop, urine and hair. They also carry diseases such as leptospirosis (which humans can catch through contact with rat urine) and toxoplasmosis (which affects the brain).

So: no matter how much you love animals or hate poison, don’t try to control a rat infestation by yourself. Your best bet is to hire a professional pest controller who has the training and experience needed to deal with this problem safely. A good pest control company will have all required safety equipment, so you won’t have to worry about whether your family members are at risk of exposure to any harmful materials while they’re trying to get rid of your unwanted visitors!

Do keep your home’s foundation in good condition so that rodents and insects can’t get inside.

  • Keep your home’s foundation in good condition. Make sure there are no cracks or holes.
  • Keep the yard clear of debris. Keep leaves and bushes trimmed, and make sure that there are no piles of firewood, leaf litter or other materials that would provide shelter for rodents or insects.
  • Reinforce any damaged areas of your house, such as leaking faucets. You can also seal up small cracks with caulk to keep rats from coming through them.

Do stay on top of garbage collection in your town.

Garbage can attract pests, be a breeding ground for pests, serve as a food source for pests and provide shelter to them. Garbage also provides water for some types of pests.

Do remove water sources from around the outside of your house.

  • If you have a swimming pool or pond, make sure it’s properly covered and fenced in.
  • Keep gutters clean.
  • Fix leaky faucets and pipes.
  • Fix leaky drains.

Don’t use poisons, traps or other methods to kill pests unless you’re sure they’re humane and safe for people, pets and the environment.

If you do decide to use poisons, traps or other methods to kill pests, be sure they are humane and safe for people, pets and the environment.

Poisons are dangerous because they can be toxic to non-target animals. They can also kill wildlife in your yard and damage the environment if they leach into groundwater through rainfall or runoff from storm drains. Some of these poisons will remain active even after they dry up on plants or lawns after a rainstorm.

Traps have also been shown to attract more pests as well as non-target animals like birds and small mammals that can get injured inside them. If you choose this method make sure you’re not putting out any wildlife attractants such as pet food bowls near where your trap will be set up so no more creatures get caught!

Conclusion

Pest control is an important part of home maintenance, but it can also be frustrating. That’s why we recommend calling a reliable pest control company when you need help with any kind of pest problem—they know what they’re doing, and they can make sure that everything gets taken care of quickly and efficiently. 

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