Pest control is not all about protecting your house and your properties or getting rid of harmful and dangerous pests lurking through your yard and inside your home. It is also about preventing these pests from gaining access to your property. And to ensure that no pests can enter your home or even your yard, you will need to pest-proof your home at least once a week, if not every day.
Pest-proofing for securer pest control
Experts from the National Pest Management Association highly recommends including the following task in your daily or weekly home maintenance routine.
Outside your home:
- Look for easy access points. These are usually near where your utility pipes are connected to your house. Use caulk to seal any small gaps that you see. Cover the bigger openings with a steel wool since pests don’t like rough steel fibers.
- Immediately repair rotting wood as soon as you spot it. Keep in mind that most pests find rotting and moist wood as an ideal area to accumulate and develop. If couldn’t be repaired, dispose the rotting wood properly.
- Ensure there are no areas in your yard where standing water can accumulate. This is another ideal breeding ground for most pests. So you need to keep an eye out for any place standing water might accumulate. Get rid of the standing water immediately and clean the area. Use a cover if necessary to ensure water will no longer accumulate.
- If you store firewood outside your home, make sure it is in a clean and dry place that is at least 20 feet away from your home. Dry wood is another favorite breeding ground of many pests. If these are near your home, they can transfer easily from the dry wood to inside your home, where they can gain access to much more food sources.
- Mulch should also be kept away from the foundation of your home. They should be at least 15 feet away from the foundation as they can transfer pests, specifically termites, to your home’s foundation. You don’t want termites to find the foundations of your home because that can greatly damage your home and may result to costly repairs.
Inside your home:
- Ensure your pets don’t have fleas and ticks by bringing them to your vet regularly. Ask your vet how you can prevent fleas and ticks from living off of your pets.
- Always keep the kitchen area clean and free from crumbs and food spills. Always wipe all kitchen counters and sweep and mop the floor.
- Do not leave open food on the kitchen counter, cabinets, and pantries, especially throughout the night. Store your food in tightly sealed containers. Keep leftover food and ripe fruits inside your refrigerator.
- Use dehumidifier to prevent mold growth in your basement, crawl spaces, and attics.
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The primary goal of pest control for mosquitoes is to avoid them and prevent them from making your yard their breeding nest. These insects carry various kinds of diseases including the deadly ones such as West Nile and yellow fever. Although easy to kill individually, mosquitoes are persistent insects that will continue to find ways to survive and thrive.
According to most professionals, the best and most effective pest control for mosquitoes revolves around maintenance and protection.
Maintenance control for mosquitoes
Maintenance should be focused in getting rid of and preventing the accumulation off standing water in your yard. Always keep in mind that mosquitoes breed in water. There are species that breed even in small amounts of water so be sure you remove all standing water in your yard. Below are some tips to ensure there is no place in your yard where mosquitoes can breed:
- Do not use yard decorations and accessories that can collect water after a light rain or when you water your plants or turn on the sprinkler.
- Always check your flower pots and beds at least every other day and remove any water accumulation.
- If you have a bird bath, make it a habit to clean it at least once a week, if not more frequently.
- If you have a decorative pond or pool in your yard, consider adding some mosquito-eating fish to prevent the mosquitoes from using this as a breeding ground.
Protection pest control for mosquitoes
Aside from properly maintaining your yard to eliminate the primary breeding ground of these insects, you also have to work on protecting yourself whenever outside. Here are some tips to help you ensure mosquitoes will not be able to get to you.
Always remember that mosquitoes are weak fliers. They will not be able to fly effectively if there is strong wind or a blast of air. This is why experts suggest setting up a large fan on your yard. This will prevent the mosquitoes from flying anywhere near you. You can also opt to install a wall or ceiling mounted fan on your porch.
Mosquitoes see dark colors more easily as compared to light colors. Hence, wearing light colored clothing whenever going outside makes you a bit invisible from these insects.
As always, use insect repellants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommend safe and proper use of insect repellants as protection from mosquitoes. There are many different brands available on the market today. Find one that best suits your needs and budget.
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Ensuring proper pest control to help protect you from disease-carrying and harmful insects.
There are various treatment options and pest control strategies that you can do to ward off insects. Despite this, however, industry experts believe that the best method of eliminating insects and other pests is through an integrated pest management approach.
According to professionals, an integrated approach includes appropriate prevention strategies that involve the use of conventional pesticides, natural plant extracts and minerals. Basically, this approach revolves around the use of natural and greener alternatives to the pest management products available in the market today.
Why use the integrated pest control method?
The integrated method of eliminating and managing pests has become necessary and critical today because of the continuously growing concern regarding the effects of toxins to people, animals and the environment. Poisonous and other chemical-based pesticides contain lots of toxins that have adverse effects to people, plants, and animals.
These types of conventional pesticides are not only applied once. The first application is intended to kill the pests and insects. Subsequent applications are intended to prevent the insects and pests from re-developing. Often times, these subsequent applications are scheduled without properly investigating whether or not there are still insects present in the area.
According to experts frequent exposure to toxins from conventional pesticides can result to severe problems in major human body systems including the endocrine system, nervous system, and reproductive system. The effects are direr to children considering their immune systems are still developing. This is why the Environmental Protection Agency works to regulate all types of pesticides to ensure their safety.
What integrated pest control and management can do?
Instead of using poisonous chemicals to kill insects and pests, the integrated pest management approach focuses on controlling the insects and persuading them to move out of your house. Most importantly, it includes homeowners in the entire process.
The integrated pest management approach starts with the identification process, where the contractor will implement surveys and investigations to determine the specific type of pest they are dealing with. When the pest has been identified, contractors will then device a prevention plan along with the homeowner. Finally, if there is still a need for treatment methods, contractors will implement treatment strategies to ensure the pests will no longer develop.
The key to a successful integrated pest management approach is prevention. The contractor should work cooperatively with the homeowner in planning for the most appropriate prevention plan and overlooking its implementation.
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Most experts will agree that the key to effective pest control is early detection. Whether or not you know what kind of pest you are dealing with, what’s important is that you find out where they are hiding inside your house, how they were able to get inside, and which areas of your house they most frequently visit.
The most difficult pest to look for are wood-destroying insects, particularly the termites. You won’t know you cohabitate with them until you notice your foundations are getting weaker or until your floorboards start creaking. What’s worse is that, these insects are the best at hiding and they generate the worse and most expensive damage to your properties and the entire house as well. In fact, it often takes 3-8 years before you see signs of termite infestation, at which point, your house has already taken a lot of damage.
To help you easily find where these common wood destroying insects hide, consider these tips.
One of the most common causes for pest control are termites. To find where they are hiding, you need to look for signs of infestation by tapping your wooden walls, foundations, door frames, floor boards, etc. Use the handle of a screw driver to tap on your walls and floorboards. If you hear a hollow sound, then you’ve got an infestation in that area. You can also consider poking the screwdriver in your walls. If it goes in easily, that area is most likely hollowed inside because of termite infestation.
Another tip off that would tell you have termites at home is when you see discarded wings near your windows and doors primarily during spring as this is their mating season. This is when termites go out to mate and start new colonies. When they find their mates they shed their wings and go underground.
Aside from termites, there are other pests that require you to call professional pest control assistance. Before you bring them in, make sure you know what you’ll be dealing with. Here are some tips to help you find where common house pests are hiding.
- Carpenter ants – These insects leave piles of mixed wood shavings and fecal matter as evidence of their presence in your house. They love to hide in damp and decayed wood and often make a nest out of it.
- Powderpost beetles – This type of beetle usually comes out during the months of May through August. During these times, be on the lookout for small holes the size of a pinhead on the wood parts of your house. Powdery wood shavings near the wood are also sure signs that your house is infested with powerpost beetles.
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If you notice unwanted guests lurking throughout your attic, you will need to implement proper pest control. Keep in mind that pests do not only attempt to enter your home from your kitchen door or lawn. They can also sneak in through your attic and, finding it a safe and comfortable place, they eventually decide to stay and live in it for good. This is why they keep on coming back after your every attempt to ward them off.
But don’t get hopeless. Here are some essential attic pest control tips you can consider to ensure your unwanted guests will no longer come back to your attic.
Find out which pest you’re dealing with through their droppings
Almost all pest removal tip starts with identifying the pest to be warded off. Different pests should be handled differently. When it comes to pests that like to invade attics, you can identify them by looking at their droppings. Each pest has a distinct size, shape, and color of droppings. Here are some of them from the Enviro-Tech Pest Management Franchise.
- Mouse has pellet-shaped droppings that are about 1/8 inch in length.
- Rats’ droppings are shaped like sausages and are 1/4 inch long.
- Squirrels have similar droppings as rats but they are longer, reaching about 1 inch in length.
- Raccoons have the biggest droppings with 3/4 width and 2-3 inches length. They are also shaped like sausages.
- A bat’s droppings are often found in piles, are shaped like pellets, and are 1/2 inch in length.
As soon as you identified the pest behind the droppings in your attic, it is best to clean the droppings first before you proceed to work on removing them. According to the Centers for Disease Control, you have to open the windows in your attic and air out the area for at least 30 minutes before cleaning. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t be in the attic while waiting for it to air out. Disinfect the area by spraying with a bleach solution that is 1 part bleach and 10 parts water. Remember to wear gloves and masks the entire time you are cleaning and to properly dispose of the trash using sealed plastic bags.
After identifying the pest, apply the appropriate pest control methods
If you found mice in your attic, the best way to deal with them is to set up mouse traps throughout the attic and where they mostly crawl through such as near drainpipes and electrical wires. For rats, it’s best to use rattraps with covers instead of the little mousetraps. Rats are bigger and stronger than mice so be sure you use more efficient traps.
Use a metal cage to trap squirrels from inside your attic. Don’t forget to check your local laws regarding trapping and relocating squirrels. Different cities and states have varying laws so it’s better to confirm. If you find raccoons or bats in your attic, call your local pest control professional immediately.
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