No one wants an uninvited roommate. Pests are just that. Fortunately, there are several options for general household pest control and pest control services for homeowners. A recent study found that 82% of U.S. homes had mouse allergens. Mice, ants and termites are the most popular pests homeowners battle each year. Not only is it a good idea to know to get rid of pests, but also how to prevent future offenders.
- Identify the pest and research ways to get them out. Sometimes simply changing your landscaping or home design to exclude or reduce pests can change the need to consult a professional. A couple household pest control tips include removing and replacing a problem tree species with a pest resistant one can reduce pests. Also, treating your pets with spot-on treatments can greatly reduce your pest problem.
- Consider help from a professional. Pest control service professionals have access to more effective solutions to pests that most homeowners do not. If you feel that you cannot handle the issue on your own, it’s best to the professionals handle it. This is also the case if pest management tools or repeat applications are required. These things can be time consuming and if you do not have the time, hire a professional. Some estimates show that over $2 billion is spent each year controlling or preventing termite and other pest infestations. Of homeowners, 20% name termites as their main concern.
- If you decide to let a professional handle the job, get recommendations from friends, family and other professionals like real estate agents or contractors for the best companies in pest management. Once you have these recommendations, it is important to research their methods as well as their customer service policy. Find out the chemicals they use and how harmful they potentially are to your family, pets and the environment. Do they have a valid license, registration or certification to do the job? Once you have know the answers you need to these things, you can schedule a time for the pest control service professional to visit your home and assess the issue deeper.
- If you decide to tackle your pest problem with household pest control methods, be sure not to use outdoor chemicals inside. Many products are solely intended for outdoor use and are not recommmended indoors. This is because they will remain toxic longer indoors than they would outdoors.
- Avoid using too much of a product and stick to the recommended usage amount on the label. In many cases, less is more and using too much of a solution can do more harm than good. Always read the directions thoroughly to reduce danger to yourself and family.
- Don’t not mix pesticides. Keep them in their original containers and only use as much as you’ll need for that particular time if the pesticide requires mixing. More importantly, dispose of the container once you are done. Do not try to wash and repurpose it for something else.
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