The best way to control and get rid of pests in your home is to call a professional pest exterminator. The pros know how to deal with any kind of pest or insect and they are equipped with the right tools and equipment to make the job easier. However, some homeowners feel like they can get the job done, at least with regards to the “control” aspect. But mind you, when it comes to extermination, leave it to experts.
While majority of homeowners will resort to the use of pesticides, the thing with them is that they’re mostly toxic, thereby putting a risk to everyone’s health. Yes, they do keep insects, rodents, and other kinds of pests away, but the use of pesticides shouldn’t be your first and only option.
Here are some tips on how to naturally and safely control pests every homeowner can perform on their own…
Tip 1 – Clean and dry your home.
The common pests you encounter in your home are attracted to two things: water and food. Therefore, you should start your prevention plan by making sure that your home does not become an abundant and convenient source of both. If there are spills, wipe them up using soap and water. Garbage has to be taken out daily and garbage bins and cans must be washed so that they are free of food residue. If you love to keep ripe fruit in the dining table, it is better to actually put them in the fridge instead.
Furthermore, don’t wait a day or two to wash dishes. If you don’t have the time to wash them immediately after a meal, then submerge them in water at least. Containers for both food and beverages which are found outside the fridge must be tightly sealed at all time. It is better to use glass jars with rubber seals instead of screw-top jars.
As for your floors, make sure they’re always squeaky clean. To do that, sweep, mop, and vacuum them regularly. You need to realize that even the smallest spills and stains on the floor could give ants, roaches, and even rats reason to explore.
Tip 2 – Entryways must be sealed.
Another natural way of preventing pests from entering your home is to simply deny them access. There are hundreds of potential invaders to your home, so when you make sure potential entry points are sealed off, they will find another place to crash in. Cracks and crevices in the baseboards, pipes, ducts, sinks, and moldings must be caulked using silicon. Heating and cooling vents must have screens in front of them while holes in the screens must be repaired immediately. Remember that an adult mouse can find its way into your home through those small holes the size of a coin. Also, don’t allow vegetation and trees to grow so tall and get near your home. They can become access points for pests to climb to the roof and walls and find other ways inside.
Tip 3 – Apply chemical-free solutions.
Aside from denying pests the access, food, and shelter they’re seeking, you also will need to get rid of those that are already inside. And contrary to what most homeowners think, you do have the ability to kill them even without the help of chemical pesticides. For instance, you can use your vacuum cleaner to get rid of bugs and their nests. Bugs and insects will eventually suffocate inside the bag. Lay traps in the right places inside your home. The list of traps include light traps, jar traps, fly traps, and pheromone traps. And then there’s the good old swatter, of course.