Pests are something that everyone has to contend with. Sometimes, you can try DIY pest control – but it also pays to know when to call the experts. Whatever pest is plaguing your place, here are some of the initial steps you can take to ensure you get the jump on pests before they get to you.
The first step is prevention. First, you should be mindful of removing sources of food, shelter, and water for pests. Food should always be stored in sealed containers. Garbage and food scraps must be placed in tightly sealed garbage bins, and should be regularly removed from your kitchen. Fix any leaking pipes and remove any stagnate. Prevent water from collecting in pot plants.
Get rid of any clutter where pests can hide. These include piles of cardboard, newspapers, magazines, and garbage. Seal off possible entry points such as cracks, crevices, and holes. Fill the spaces in pipes with steel wool. Use wire mesh to cover holes. Check empty boxes and packages if they have pests inside before bringing them into your home.
Safe and proper DIY pest control pesticide use
Be sure you know exactly what youre using and read all safety instructions before attempting DIY pest control. Make sure that children and pets are kept clear of any areas where you’ve applied pesticides. Always store out of reach of children and pets. There are low-risk pesticides that are effective, and pesticides that are not in traps or baits should be applied only to targeted areas and not sprayed over entire rooms.
Labels, safety warnings, and instructions should be strictly followed. When possible, use only ready-to-use pesticides where no mixing is needed. Only chemicals that are approved for home use should be applied. The labels will identify where the pesticide can be used.
Properly dispose of remaining pesticides and their containers
The labels will indicate how to properly dispose of the pesticide and its container. Inquire about hazardous waste collection with your local council and the procedures to follow in disposing of them. Your local waste disposal authority can give information with regard to this matter.
Do not use outdoor chemicals inside your home
Chemicals meant to be used outdoors may be dangerous for use indoors, since they are usually toxic for a longer period indoors. Use only as directed.
Twice is not necessarily better
Only use pesticides according to the instruction and apply according to the directions. Otherwise it may endanger the health of your family.
Don’t transfer pesticide contents into other containers
Pesticides should be stored in their own containers. Mix only as much as needed for a given application. Do not use the empty containers to store other materials, regardless of how well you have washed them; they could still contain residues. Accidental poisoning can occur due to food and drinks being mistakingly stored in pesticide containers.
It is fairly easy to DIY your own pest control. However, there comes a time when you need professional help. Contact us or visit our website to find the best professional solutions for you. We offer the best professional services on pest control for homes and businesses – and we’re excited to solve all your pest problems for you!