Pests come in all shapes and sizes, from the smallest of flies which are barely visible, to rats and mice which can be easily seen, although may be difficult to catch.
But, it doesn’t matter what size the pest is, many of them carry dangerous diseases and cause considerable inconvenience in your home. That’s why you need to adopt these 5 tips for safer pest control, they’ll help you to actually relax and enjoy your home and garden.
Get the Experts
The first step in your pest control battle is to get in a local pest control company. They will be able to assess your home and yard for any signs of a current infestation. It’s possible you have pests and don’t know about it.
If this is the case, the exterminator can quickly and effectively eliminate the issue for you. If you don’t have any pests yet then the pest control service will help you by pointing out potential access points and other issues which could encourage pest problems.
Perhaps more importantly, a local pest firm will know which pests are most active in your area, helping you to protect against them properly.
Pests need food and water, if you’re leaving these things around your home then you’re effectively giving them an invitation to come into your home.
You need to put open food packets in sealed containers and, potentially, place all food inside containers. It will stop pests getting to it.
But, you should also regularly wipe down all the surfaces in your home with a disinfectant or similar high-powered cleaning solution. It will make the surfaces unattractive to pests, helping to keep you and your family safe.
Check Your Screens
It’s common to have insect screens that protect your home form insects while allowing the fresh air in. However, these screens are only effective if they are in a position and not damaged. Check your screens, repair them if necessary, and make sure they are being used.
This will help to ensure the pests can get into your home.
Many people reach for the fly spray or similar when they see pests arriving in their home or garden. However, these harsh chemicals can have a negative effect on the pests, the environment, and even your own health. It is important to proceed with caution if you choose to use chemicals.
Instead, you can start planting around your home. Mint, lavender, and lemon/citronella are all very effective at deterring flies, mosquitoes, and other pests.
Plant them near your perimeter, doors, and your windows to keep the pests safely away.
Maintain The Environment
Pests need food, water, and somewhere to live. Instead of eliminating them with chemicals you can deter the pests from even arriving by taking a good look at your yard and house.
Clutter is one of the biggest issues, whether you have a pile of old boxes or an old wood pile; you’ll be creating homes for pests.
If you don’t need it in your house or garden, get rid of it. You should also look at all potential pest homes and get rid of them. If this is not possible then make sure they are as far as possible from your house.