If there’s one thing that can quickly disrupt your quality of life it’s an infestation of bugs or rodents. They can create an annoying and occasionally hazardous situation in your house, due to their ability to spread diseases through bacterial contamination. Therefore when you’re faced with the unpleasant reality of having to deal with an infestation of any pest, it is important to know exactly what your options are when it comes to the quick and complete removal of the insects or rodents in question.
For the longest time, it used to be the case that the only truly effective way to get rid of an infestation of any insect or rodent was to call a professional pest extermination service and allow them to come into your home and treat it with any number of potentially dangerous and unknown chemicals. This not only led to the drawback of being ignorant of exactly what was being used in your own home, but also often was a rather costly proposition, that became even more so when the infestation was very large or widespread.
Keep it Under Control
Thankfully this is no longer the case, and the popularity of wise pest control is growing larger every year. It provides those facing a pest problem with the ability to take control of the problem and save money by researching and doing their own work in pest elimination.
The first thing that anyone who wants to do their own work should do is to first ascertain exactly what kind of pests are causing the problem, because the methods for getting rid of them will be completely different for the many varieties of pests that might infest a home. Therefore we will take a look at several different kinds of insects that can cause problems and how to get rid of them effectively
The first thing anyone should do after they have identified the pest species that is infesting their home is to try and find out what is drawing them into the house in the first place. Often it is something as simple as the fact that the person is unwittingly providing one of the many things that pests seek out, namely food and shelter. The food is often in the form of dirty dishes, the trash that hasn’t been taken out, or other cleaning issues.
This issue can easily be solved by making sure that a concentrated effort is made to clean the area completely and remove any incentive for further invasion of the insects or rodents. Several species of insects such as roaches can also be drawn into a house by damp conditions, such as can be found in kitchens. The solution to this is to make sure all plumbing is properly maintained and that any damp conditions are quickly fixed.
The next step is after having made sure the area is clean and dry is to search for the proper pesticides that can solve your problem. Again this is very dependent on the type of pest, and whether they are insects or rodents. The problem is somewhat more straightforward if they are insects, as there are many different kinds of insecticides available, many of which that are broad-spectrum and will control a wide range of insects.
Be Eco friendly
There are also many natural alternatives to traditional pesticides, such as boric acid or diatomaceous earth, which act in a completely different manner than chemical solutions. These natural products are often designed to cause severe damage to the protective exterior of the insects, thereby rendering them unable to continue living. The primary benefit of these sorts of products is the fact that they are invariably safe to use in any situation, and in many cases are even safe for human ingestion, something that can obviously not be said about most chemical products.
Because the types of insects that can infest your home are so varied, it’s important to know the differences in the forms of pesticide application, and what it means for the various insects that you’re trying to control. The most common form of pesticide application is a spray that is intended to remain active even after it has dried on the surface to which it has been applied. This is often accomplished by the formulation of the product itself, where at the molecular level it exists in some form that maintains its strength for months, even after drying.
Another popular form of insecticide is the granule, although this is somewhat less likely to lead to the length of action that sprays can boast, it does make it likely that the insects or rodents will come into a greater level of contact with the product potentially leading to a higher amount of control over the same length of time. There are also some considerations that must be made when it comes to those who share your house with you.
Whether there are children or pets whose well-being you must consider their health when applying a pesticide, and often the manufacturer will include detailed instructions that should be carefully followed during application to make sure that the safety of all occupants of a house are kept safe and sound.
Things to remember
The general rule of thumb, however, when doing pest control, is to keep any area that has been treated with typical pesticides clear of all people and animals for several hours, or at least until the product has completely dried if it is a spray. If using a natural product such as boric acid, it is important to make sure that it does not come into contact with moisture of any kind, as it will lose its efficacy if it is not kept 100% dry.
These are just a few of the things that should be considered before you embark on a process to get rid of annoying insects, however, it should be said that doing the work yourself is definitely a better option for virtually any situation, the money and time saved is well worth the slightly increased extra effort to make sure your house is no longer an attractive home for unsightly and possibly dangerous animals.