How can a pest exterminator protect my home from pests?
If you’ve tried everything yourself—over-the-counter pest control products, poisonous baits and traps—to no avail, it might be time to call in a professional. Pest exterminators have the knowledge, equipment and skills to deal with your infestation safely, quickly and effectively. They can also give you tips on how to keep pests away for good.
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Before the exterminator arrives, be sure to clean your home. Not only will it make your home look neater, but it will help the treatment work better. Cleaning removes food sources, water and shelter for pests and makes it harder for them to hide. You can help by removing clutter, such as stacks of newspapers and magazines. You should also clean drains and basins and regularly remove garbage from your home.
Be aware that pest control technicians often enter homes with chemicals and other toxic substances, so they should always wear protective clothing. If you feel uncomfortable with them in your home, ask them to leave. Most of the time, you can help them protect themselves by keeping pets and children out of the area while they are spraying or setting traps. This will also prevent them from inhaling any chemicals or pests that are caught up in their equipment.
Leaving food out is one of the most common mistakes homeowners make that invites pests into their homes. Cockroaches, ants, spiders, termites and even rodents can find their way into your home through food spills and crumbs on counter tops, in sinks, behind refrigerators or in open drawers. You should never leave food out, especially if you are not going to be home to put it back away.
Clutter is a magnet for pests, so it’s important to keep your home as tidy and organized as possible. It’s particularly important to do so during the summertime, when kids are out of school and home more frequently. Make sure to sweep and mop floors often and wipe down surfaces, including countertops. It’s also a good idea to declutter your basement and garage, as pests can breed in these areas.
The most effective way to keep pests from entering your home is to close off the entry points that they use to get in. You can do this by caulking cracks and crevices and filling them with steel wool. You should also caulk around your pipes, seal gaps under baseboards and cover any holes with wire mesh.
Pest exterminators are trained to identify the most likely point of entry for a particular pest and recommend steps that you can take to prevent pests from accessing your home in the future. Pest control professionals also recognize that relying solely on pesticides is not an effective long-term solution.
By taking the above preventive measures and following pest exterminator advice, you can ensure that your home is a safe environment for your family and pets. If you do notice pests after a treatment, it’s normal and may take a week or two for the pests to die off. If you continue to see pests after a few weeks, contact your pest control technician to inform them of the problem.