Pest Control at Home 101
Pest control at home is not a luxury—it is a necessity that should be one of the priorities of any home owner. Clark, who used to work on a rodent control services company, shared, “If you don’t take measures to get rid of rodents and other pests, you will end up with a house full of little creatures that can damage the foundation of the structure—and worst, diseases may spread because of them.” Clark mentioned how hiring a company for mosquito control services is important too, “With dengue always threatening the health of family members, you might also want to include that in your monthly budget to have professionals secure you from mosquitoes who ruthlessly bite on anyone within their reach.”
“Hire a pro to check hidden spots. An exterminator can inspect areas such as gutters, which can collect water and become a prime breeding spot. While you're at it, assess your window screens and replace any that are ripped, broken or not fitting properly — especially if you live in a humid southern state. Make natural repellents part of your landscape. Some plants actually produce defensive chemicals to deter hungry animals (like deer) that will also ward off insects. But, these repellents aren't usually released unless the plant is actually harmed. So if you fill your yard with species like citronella, make sure to rough 'em up before your next party. Or if you have a deer problem, let the deer feed!,” wrote Megan Inayoshi and Marisa Cohen in the article titled How to Keep Mosquitoes Away for goodhousekeeping.com.
Some practical advice from the website epa.gov through the article Do's and Don'ts of Pest Control include the following:
Remove sources of food, water and shelter.
Store food in sealed plastic or glass containers. Garbage containing food scraps should be placed in tightly covered trash cans. Remove garbage regularly from your home.
Fix leaky plumbing and don't let water accumulate anywhere in the home. Don't let water collect in trays under your house plants or refrigerator. Don't leave pet food and water out overnight.
Clutter provides places for pests to breed and hide and makes it hard to get rid of them. Get rid of things like stacks of newspapers, magazines, or cardboard.
Close off places where pests can enter and hide. For example, caulk cracks and crevices around cabinets or baseboards. Use steel wool to fill spaces around pipes. Cover any holes with wire mesh.
Learn about the pests you have and options to control them.
Check for pests in packages or boxes before carrying them into your home
Rose, whose home in the suburbs was taken over by pests, has this to share, “I regretted never seeking professional help to control the pests in my house. I lost it in just 5 years of staying there. Since the house is made of wood, ants and other pests like termites, rats, etcetera made it their own hub, and it was too late for me to salvage the foundations of the house. Good thing I had an insurance, but still, I felt it was so neglectful of me to let that happen in my own home. So, I hope everyone would learn from my experience. Make sure you hire professionals for pest control to live longer in your humble abode.”