We get asked a lot about simple DIY’s that can help prevent common pest problems. So we decided to create a helpful guide that covers some simple do it yourself pest control tips for your home. There are some simple strategies that we as homeowners can use that can prevent a pest problem. Here are some suggestions from the experts.
- First of all, inspect your home and identify the pests. Proper identification is critical in deciding what treatment to use. We may have to extend to the outdoor perimeter of our homes in the summer as well to see what is hanging around and trying to come inside!
- Do your best to “pest-proof” your home by sealing all cracks and crevices that unwanted pests could use to enter. Use screens on the windows and seal any entry way that you may have in your home that you think a pest could enter.
- Remember, pests love standing water anywhere. Change water often in bird baths, pet bowls, or any other kind of water features you might have in your yards. Get rid of, or at least monitor, anything on your property where water could accumulate, such as wading pools or empty flower pots. This will also eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitos. In addition, avoid storing any food sources that could attract pests, such as dog food, in the garage. By eliminating any possible food and water sources that pests love, you have eliminated the attraction to your home.
- Practice good sanitation in your home. Clean up those crumbs around the toaster and don’t let the garbage become unmanageable. Pests love garbage!
- Use traps for any minor infestation of cockroaches or mice, for example, but if the problem becomes more than you can handle, always contact an experienced pest control expert. Traps could include sticky boards for mice and cockroaches or snap traps for mice. These are inexpensive tools to combat minor problems. Always determine where pests are the most active in your home and place the traps there, since pests will never travel out of their way to locate the traps.
- Pesticides, when used safely and properly can be an effective deterrent for pests, as we all know. However, we have to be careful in our selection of these products and make sure we are using them correctly. For example, always make sure that the pesticides you use in the home around your family and pets are labeled for indoor use. Pesticide treatments around the perimeter of your home can also be very effective for some pest problems, but in many cases we should leave proper treatment in the hands of a professionally trained pest control expert. We should only use this treatment when needed and realize that it is always more important to eliminate pests’ food, water and shelter conditions that they favor, both inside and out.
In practicing these preventive measures for DIY pest control, we can rest assured that we are doing what we can to prevent any kind of infestation. Sometimes, even when we have done everything correctly, our efforts prove to be insufficient in keeping pests out of our homes and off our properties. That’s when we call in the experts. Don’t hesitate to contact your local pest control expert, who is your professional source for treatments and solutions for your pest control problems.