When it comes to regulating the pest situation in your home, there are many ways to respond. Some homeowners panic and call in a pest exterminator while others try to make do with cans of insecticide. In reality, there are better ways to handle a pest infestation, and it requires knowing some basic practices in going after and successfully treating homes for pests.
Pest management varies depending on whether you hire a professional or do it yourself, but both will generally take the same steps in order to tackle a pest problem:
- Full check-up. Any good pest management plan should start by taking the time to thoroughly evaluate the damages and vulnerability points of the home before executing extermination. Doing this will increases the chance in discovering other potential pest hideouts, which can cause significant changes to your original pest plan.
- Anything but chemicals. Chemicals used in pest management can range from mild to severely toxic, which is why most pest exterminators try to use anything but spray chemicals in tackling pests in the initial stage. Solid bait, paste, glue, and traps are viable, non-toxic options that can be used in pre-emptive attacks on pests.
- Last resort. Sometimes, however, these non-spray tactics may not work and it is only then that pest exterminators will consider using spray chemicals in a pest management plan. Depending on the scope of the damage, proper protection is crucial in preserving the quality of the home. Cover air vents and windows to contain the spraying; leave the house for a few days to avoid breathing in the fumes.
- Prevention. The best practice anyone can employ in the long-term pest management of their home is prevention. The great part is that it usually takes just a few basic moves to keep bugs away. Daily tasks such as taking out the trash, doing the laundry, and washing the dishes can keep bugs at bay. Post-pesticide treatments are another way of regulating the pest situation long after chemicals have been sprayed. If there are major structural elements damaged by pests or holding up weakly against pesticides, consult a home professional to patch them up as soon as possible.
Effective pest management can only happen when homeowners weigh decisive actions with all the risks involved in wide-scale pest extermination. Along with a commitment to enact methods of prevention, pest management can become a much easier task.