Start off the New Year with a Pest Control Plan
It’s that time of the year again, one that involves making resolutions for the next 12 months.
As part of your annual planning, aim to keep pests out of your home year-round by coming up with a pest control plan. Here are some of our best pest control tips, advice for when to call a professional and what to expect from an inspection.
Tips for pest control
There are plenty of things you can do to help keep pests out of your home. Try these suggestions to minimize their the presence:
- Clean the kitchen, pantry and other areas where food might be stored. Ensure all food is packed securely in sealed containers.
- Eliminate bridges to your home by trimming branches and other foliage.
- Keep garbage can lids secured to help prevent pests from raiding your garbage.
- Repair broken doors and windows where pests can enter.
- Check for and fill any gaps and cracks through which pests can get in. What might seem like a small crack might do enormous damage if not taken care of in time.
- Use outdoor lighting bulbs that have an orange or yellow tint, as they are less attractive to insects.
- Inspect and keep the drains and sinks clean. They can be breeding grounds for small flies and mosquitoes.
When to get professional help
DIY methods can be difficult to implement properly and often fall short, so it’s best to contact a professional. A repeated invasion typically means the source of an infestation remains. Professionals are trained to not only remove the infestation, but also to locate and eradicate its source. They’re also trained to quickly identify the type of infestation and terminate it accordingly. Moreover, pests that can do serious structural damage to your property or endanger your family's health are best left to professionals. These include carpenter ants and rats.
A qualified pest control professional uses chemicals and equipment designed to eliminate the risk of your family being accidentally exposed to hazardous materials.
What to expect from an inspection
When you suspect or notice signs of infestation, contact a pest control company and request the company sends an inspector. The inspector will look for signs of infestation or damage to a structure by pests.
Areas that are typically inspected include attic, crawl space and the exterior of the property. Findings are recorded on a pest control inspection report.
Pests aren’t just bothersome; many are carriers of pathogens that can spread diseases that affect you and your family’s health, and they can wreak havoc on your property. We want you to kick off 2017 with peace of mind. Contact us today to find out what your options are for pest control.