Do you think that your home has become infested with pests and that you are unable to deal with the problem on your own? Having pests at home is a sign of neglect and this problem can easily snowball out of control. Pest created problems vary according to the species of the creature that is involved but they are uniformly difficult to handle without professional help. You’ll need to hire a really good pest control company to deal with the problem before there is a lot of damage to your health or property.
If a pest control company offers the following services then you can be sure that it is a reliable one:
- Detailed inspection of the premises before making a quote: A really good professional exterminator will always start off by inspecting your home from top to bottom. A company that makes a quotation without even checking to see what the problem is cannot be trusted to do a good job. The inspection of your property will also throw light on various infestations that you might not even be aware of.
- Extermination of all common pests: A good pest control company will be able to deal with all types of pests, enabling you to get all your infestation problems handled by one company only. Each type of pest has unique habits and has to be destroyed using specific products. What works on ants will not work on rats or spiders.
- Follow up inspections: The company will send qualified people to your home to check whether all the pests have been exterminated or not. This is very important because the problem will crop up again unless every last creature has been eliminated.
- Help to prevent further infestations: A professional pest control company will give you advice on how to make your home inhospitable to pests. You’ll save a great deal of trouble and money if you can just prevent pests from setting up home in your house.
You should be very particular when selecting a pest control company to make your house free of unwanted creatures. Be sure to select a company that offers you all the above services at a very good price, without cutting back on quality. It is also a good idea to hire the company to visit your home every 6 months or so in order to ensure that your home is completely free of pests.
For any home or business owner, controlling pests and insects is a major source of headaches. If insects are allowed to get into your property, they can cause damage in a matter of weeks or even days. Not to mention the fact that insects can be very bothersome to guests in your home or customers of your business. So, it is only natural that many property owners would like to know some methods that they can use to cut down on the chances that they will develop an insect problem.
The University of Minnesota provided a resource of insects to keep an eye out for in May 2016.
In the next few paragraphs, you will learn a few simple methods that you can begin utilizing immediately to cut down on the probability that insects will make a home out of your property. Remember that the most important aspect of residential pest control is asking questions and understanding what you are really up against. So, you are taking a good first step by reading through some of these techniques that you can apply yourself.
Food, Water and A Place to Live
In order for insects to make a home out of your property, they need to have a source of the necessities of life. Just like you and I, insects need water, shelter and food. If you leave organic material (like food in the trash can or half empty soda cans) around your home, the chances that you will face a pest problem will increase exponentially. Keep your home and property free of litter and loose food items by keeping floors and counters clear.
Proper Food Storage
Anytime that you store food in your home, you need to take great care in making sure that pests cannot reach it. So, always make sure that your food is sealed in plastic or glass containers. If you ever throw away food scraps, be sure that your trash can be tightly covered or that you place the food scraps into a container before you throw them away. On this same note, be always sure to remove your garbage at regular intervals. The longer your garbage sits around your home, the more likely that you will have a pest problem.
No Standing Water
Standing water is very attractive to many types of insects that might invade your home. So, always make sure to fix any leaky plumbing so water does not accumulate anywhere on your property. One spot in many homes where this happens is in the trays underneath houseplants. Be Always sure to soak up the water from underneath your plants after it drains through the bottom of the pot.
No Places to Hide
Pests and insects love dark places where they can hide. The more clutter that you have around your home, the more difficult it will be to get rid of insects. Stacks of magazines or newspapers are common areas where insects will multiply and you will not be able to see.
At the same time, there are places that insects hide which may be a little bit more difficult to get rid of. For instance, cracks or crevices around the base-boards of your home or cabinets in your kitchen will give insects another great hiding spot. Use some inexpensive caulk to cover these cracks. You might also find that you can use steel wool or wire mesh to fill spaces around pipes or holes in your walls.