Pest control is no fun to think about, but it’s definitely necessary in the south with our humid climate and unpredictable weather patterns. Your home is at risk of being exposed to many different types of pests and it’s important to know the do’s and don’ts of proper pest control.
Do: Try Prevention First
Store food in sealed containers. This includes pet food as well. Regularly remove garbage from the home so that food scraps aren’t lingering.
Close off potential entrances for pests. Caulk windows and doors and be sure that weatherstripping is intact. Keeping your home clean and well-maintained is one of the best things you can do to prevent pests from entering.
Do: Use Pesticides Correctly
Pesticides may contain harmful chemicals, so it is extremely important to keep children and pets away from exposure. You should carefully follow the instructions on any do-it-yourself pesticide to ensure that it will work properly and safely.
Do: Know When to Call the Pros
Some pest problems may be too much to handle alone. If there is an overwhelming issue that can’t be resolved with home solutions, find a local pest control company that can professionally take care of the problem for you.
Don’t: Use Outdoor Products Inside
Certain pesticides are specifically created for outdoor usage. The odor and ingredients may be too much for indoor use, so keep them outside as directed. They could remain toxic for longer inside than they would outside.
Don’t: Transfer Pesticides between Containers
Keep pest control solutions in the original containers you bought them in. Trying to switch them or water them down puts you at risk for chemical damage from mixing them with things they were not intended for. It could also keep them from working properly.
While there are many problems you can handle on your own, professionals may be necessary on certain occasions. Know who to call and when to call them, and take as many preventative measures as possible from the start.