Luckily, it’s simple to protect against most common pests. Here’s how to get started.
Research Your Critters
Before you begin setting up traps or spraying along your baseboards, take some time to identify and research your invaders. Different kinds of pests require different prevention and removal techniques. For example, carpenter ants and odorous ants pose different threats and require different precautionary measures. Both species of ant are attracted to standing water, but there are some distinct variances.
Carpenter Ants use wood to build their nests. They often take this wood from home structures, wood piles, and outdoor sheds. To prevent carpenter ants you must trim back any vegetation, ventilate to avoid moisture buildup, and repair roofs and gutters.
Odorous Ants can contaminate food, though they rarely cause structural damage. These flying ants like sweet foods like melon, so keep your fruit stored in the fridge or a sealed container. You should also patch up any cracks or leaks around your baseboards (source: North Shore Pest Detective Ltd., who provides pest control in Surrey).
If you haven’t seen any of the insects or rodents yet, just droppings or damage, you may still be able to identify them. Do some research online or take pictures to get a professional opinion on what kind have made your home theirs as well.
Consult with a Professional
If you have a major bug problem, or are setting up protection for your home for the first time, talk to a local pest control professional. Many areas have environmentally-specific pests that you may not know to guard against. For example
- Wooded areas are more likely to suffer from bigger pests like raccoons and skunks. Because raccoons and skunks can carry infectious diseases, prevention and cleanup require particular precautions.
- Desert environments are more likely to have stinging or venomous insects like scorpions and centipedes. These desert pests can be difficult to control because they are able to get in through small spaces and breed quickly. The best way to control these predatory insects is to control their food source: smaller bugs and spiders. Your local pest control professional will be able to recommend an insecticidal dust that will clear up the problem.
A professional pest control technician will also be able to help you decide on the best tactics for protecting your home. Many sprays available from your local store contain toxins that pose a threat to your family, not just to your unwelcome guests. Most professionals offer a range of chemicals, either for purchase and DIY use or professional spraying.
Consulting with an expert can ensure that you get rid of your pest problem as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.
In order to protect against pests, you may need to make some household repairs. Many pests enter homes through gaps in insulation, foundation or siding cracks, or compromised seals around windows or doors.
You may also need to change how you store foods or household waste. You can prevent many common indoor pests, such as rats, ants, and mice, by storing all your food in airtight containers.
Outdoor pests, such as moles and squirrels, can be discouraged by improved fencing or trash disposal. When you talk to your local pest control specialist, consider having a technician evaluate your home and property so you can repair any vulnerable areas immediately.