Pest problems are never any fun; they are creepy, scary, and downright disgusting. But that’s not even the worst part. Pests are vectors for diseases and can also cause damage worth lots of money to repair or replace.
So what happens if you have a pest problem?
Getting rid of pests from your home is the only way to ensure your peace of mind. In this article, we will highlight the five steps to enjoying a pest-free home:
Identify the pests you are dealing with
Different types of pests invade homes in the US, including cockroaches, termites, ants, rodents, houseflies, spiders, scorpions, and so on. Your first line of defense is to know what you are dealing with. This will allow you to come up with a strategic plan to get rid of the pest. To identify pests, you will need to perform an inspection throughout your home. If you suspect an infestation but aren’t sure, you can have a Rove pest control expert come over and do the check for you. Remember, pests like termites, and some ants reside inside walls and it can be difficult to spot them with your naked eye.
Find out why they are attracted to your home
If there is one thing that’s synonymous with pests is their affinity for filth. Pests love dirty and cluttered spaces because they are perfect hiding and breeding spots. Take time to identify the things that attract these pests to your home – whether it is a shelter, moisture, or food. Once you do, work towards getting rid of the attractants, so the pests don’t find your home as appealing. Start by disposing of things that you don’t use and making the place clutter-free. Get rid of any standing water and fix any leaking faucet or pipe. Also, be sure to clear any food crumbs from the surfaces, and keep the garbage tightly sealed away from your house.
Apply the necessary treatment
The pest control treatment that you apply will depend on the type of pests you’re dealing with. The only thing that you’ll have to decide is whether you are using natural remedies or other alternatives. You may also want to consider doing it yourself and hiring a pest control specialist. Professionals are your best bet, but if you choose DIY, just make sure you are addressing the root of the problem, not what you see.
Seal off any point of entry
Pests can only access your home through an opening – whether it is the window, door, cracks or crevices in the wall, piping system, holes in the roof, etc. Usually, you’ll be able to uncover these openings during the inspection. Sealing off any entry point will ensure that no pest gets in and that those that are in your home get killed with the treatment.
Keep treating your home
You may need more than one treatment to clear these pests completely. So, keep applying the treatment according to instructions until all pest activities stop.