There are few things worse than realising your home is infested with cockroaches, termites, ants or rats – but thankfully pest control can help fix the solution.
It’s important to do everything you can to prevent infestations from occurring in the first place, but if it’s too late for that, you may need a professional from Defender Pest Control to assist you in rectifying the crisis.
This article outlines everything you need to know about dealing with unwanted animals in your property.
How to prevent them
Remove the need for pest control by stopping infestations before they become a problem. There are several ways you can do this, including:
Keeping your food and scraps sealed
Pesky critters love nibbling on your leftover food scraps and will even sneak into your garbage bin if they can. Prevent this by keeping food sealed in containers and stored in the cupboard or fridge, and by using a bin with a tightly covered lid and emptying it often.
Keeping a clean house
Leaving dirty dishes in the sink (which often have food residue on them) or food crumbs on the floor is simply inviting insects and rats into your home. Similarly, pest control specialists see a lot of issues being caused by clutter, which provides animals with a place to hide and nest. Clear out any stashes of newspapers, old boxes and magazines to keep things animal-free.
Keep your house dry
Leaky plumbing and wet areas provide cockroaches and other nuisances with excellent drinking water, so be sure to keep your plumbing in check!
Cracks, holes and crevices are great places for rats and insects to hide in. Sealing these spaces using steel wool or wire mesh can help keep the need for pest control at bay.
How to get rid of them
Once your home has become infested, it’s time to enlist the help of a pest control specialist. They will need to use toxic chemicals and baits to get rid of the unwanted critters, so it’s important to use a qualified professional.
What a specialist will do
The professional will take a number of steps to ensure that the issue is dealt with in an effective manner. This will include:
- Identification of the type of animal or insect and its habitat
- Creation of a management plan
- Handling, using and storing chemicals and baits safely
- Offering advice and information to the client
- Answering any questions.
Being cautious around the chemicals
It is important that you are aware of the risks associated with pest control chemicals and baits, especially if you have children or pets in the home, as they can be poisonous. Ensure that children and pets are kept away from areas that have been treated for the recommended amount of time. You can also opt to use a low-risk chemical or natural alternative. Only chemicals approved for the home should be used (do not use outdoor ones indoors).
Ensure the root cause is addressed
Remember that it is not enough to simply spray the animals and be done with it. If a leaking pipe or large amount of clutter is responsible for the problem, you will need to deal with this, too. Otherwise it is likely that the animals will simply return.
Follow these steps for proper pest control and enjoy a clean, critter-free home. Be sure to also dispose of leftover chemicals and containers appropriately – you may need to take them to a hazardous waste collection facility (though your specialist should be able to do this for you).