Do’s and Don’ts of Pest Control
Pests are not only an annoyance; they can also threaten to cause health problems for the loved ones in your home. If not controlled properly at an early stage, pests can spread, making their elimination at a later time extremely difficult.
There are a number of effective pest control treatments obtainable in the marketplace. However, if the results are not forthcoming via traditional treatment options, it is time to reassess your strategy. It’s also basic to keep in mind that many of the pesticides used in order to rid homes of pests can be dangerous when over used or applied incorrectly.
The following are some basic do’s and don’ts to help you maximize your efforts to obtain your home from pests.
Pest prevention is your best option.
Pests go into the home when there are opportunities to do so. By minimizing the situations which they take advantage of, you will be minimizing the chance of having a pest problem to begin with.
Remove supplies of food – For example, store food in sealed plastic or glass containers; garbage containing food scraps should be placed in firmly covered trash cans, and be sure to remove garbage regularly from your home.
Remove supplies of water – Watch out for water accumulating anywhere in the home. Look for any supplies of water such as collection trays under house plant containers or pet water left out overnight.
Remove supplies of entry and shelter – Get rid of clutter produced by things like stacks of newspapers, magazines, or cardboard which provide places to copy and hide. Close off places where they can go into and hide. For example, caulk fractures and crevices around cabinets or baseboards, use steel wool to fill spaces around pipes and cover any holes with wire mesh.
Use pesticides safely and correctly – Since pesticides can be dangerous, read and follow the pesticide label’s instructions and safety warnings keep pets and children away from areas where pesticides have been applied and only apply chemicals approved for use in homes.
Since the containers themselves and any leftovers can be a danger, ensure you properly dispose of leftover pesticides and its containers.
Following the pest control “do’s” above will keep you and your family safe and on the right track. The following “don’ts” might seem obvious, but they bear repeating.
Follow the label regarding “indoor” vs “outdoor” use – Many chemicals intended for use outdoors are dangerous to use indoors. Chemicals intended for outdoor use keep toxic longer inside than they would outside.
Don’t assume that “more” is better – Always read and follow label directions. Just as using outdoor chemicals indoors is dangerous, so is using too much of a pesticide.
Don’t move pesticides to other containers – Store pesticides in their original containers. Chemicals transferred to other containers, especially re-used food or beverage containers have been known to cause accidental poisoning.
If pests are a challenge for you currently, or if you just want to make sure that your home is always free of them, make sure to keep these do’s and don’ts in mind. When pest control questions arise, however, it is a sound idea to call a specialized for advice.