The Homeowner’s Guide to Effective Home Pest Control

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Green Pest Control For Everyone

A pest infestation can catch you by surprise. The thought of having tiny insects bustling around in the walls, kitchen cabinets, or even in your bed sheets would make anyone’s skin crawl. This uncomfortable situation often leads people to take desperate measures such as using dangerous chemicals in unsafe amounts, or opting for natural pest control that can put kids and pets in danger. Just because a method is advertised as “natural” or “DIY” doesn’t mean that it’s safe for your family or for the environment. Additionally, using pesticides on your own without following the product directions precisely can be extremely dangerous.

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Using more of a product doesn’t necessarily make it more effective. Overuse of pesticides is dangerous and costly. When you employ environmentally friendly pest control measures on your property, you’re protecting the health of your loved ones while being kind to the earth. This article will highlight the important “do’s” and don'ts” of pest control. Whether you’re looking to take preventative measures or deal with an existing pest problem, the resources below can help.

 

Do’s: Green Pest Control Tips and Tricks

Do: Take Preventative Measures to Control Pests

It’s important to take preventative measures ahead of time to control pests. Avoid leaving standing water on your property unattended. Make sure that your dog gets fresh water daily, that you install air circulation in any ponds or pools, and that garden tools and other objects that may collect water are not left outside.

Don’t provide insects with sources of food or shelter. Cover your trash can and any other sources of organic materials. Clean up promptly after preparing a meal, and don’t leave fruit or other snacks unrefrigerated for long periods of time.

Reduce opportunities for insects to enter your home. Repair any cracks in your house or tears in screen doors and windows.

Learn about your local pests and find out if you need to take any special measures to prevent infestations.

Learn more about how to pest-proof your home with this free checklist.

Do: Be Careful About What You Introduce Into Your Home

Summer is the best time of year to spruce up your home with new yard sale finds. It’s also the season that insects love. Bringing second hand furniture, clothing, and other objects into your home that may have been previously sitting in someone else’s garage, basement, or infested home may introduce unwanted pests into your living space. Thoroughly inspect furniture and used clothing before bringing them home with you.

 

Do: Keep in Mind that DIY Pest Control Methods are Not Always Safe or Effective

DIY methods may seem inexpensive, but they’re not free of risks or downsides. Pests in your home can cause respiratory issues for both human and animal inhabitants. Many pests bite people and animals, and can cause structural damage. If you have a pest issue, you want to eliminate it as quickly as possible. Many DIY natural methods are not effective enough to properly protect your home. Additionally, these methods are not well researched or approved by the EPA.

 

Do: Hire Professionals that use Environmentally Responsible Pest Control

When used correctly by a professional, pesticides have an very minimal impact on the environment, and they’re completely safe for use in and around your home. When working with a pest control company, it’s important to ask whether they use eco-friendly pest control methods. Letting a professional do the legwork saves you time and worry, and ensures that pesticides will be used in a safe and effective manner on your property.

 

Don’ts: What Not to Do When Protecting Your Home Against Pests

Don’t: Use a Pesticide Without Reading its Label and Informing Yourself of the Potential Risks

Believe it or not, many insects are actually beneficial to your garden and living space. Inappropriate or excessive use of pesticides could harm these insects, leading to overpopulation of more bothersome pests. Make sure that you choose a pesticide that’s designed for the type of insect or pest that you’re after. Failing to follow safety precautions when using pesticides can put you, your children, or your pets in danger. Professionals are experienced in targeting problem pests, while leaving your beneficial insect populations unaffected.

 

Don’t: Use Chemicals Intended for the Outdoors Inside Your Home

When you go shopping for a pest control solution, you’ll be faced with a multitude of options. DIfferent pesticides target different pests and have different application methods. Some pesticides are meant for use inside, while others can only be used outdoors. Read all labels carefully to make sure you buy the right one.

 

Don’t: Use Too Much of a Product in an Attempt to Increase its Effectiveness

A common and dangerous mistake that people make when trying to eliminate pests is using more than the recommended amount of the chemical. This is a bad idea: the recommended dosage represents the most effective and safest application level.

 

Don’t: Store Chemicals Where Kids or Pets Can Access Them

If you’re thinking of using bait, think twice. If you have pets or kids, this can be potentially hazardous. Children, dogs, and cats can come into contact with baits, poisons, or traps.

 

Home Pest Control: Your Safe Pest Control Solution

Managing all of the available pest control products and using them in a safe way can quickly turn into a headache. The first time you use a pesticide, you may not manage to wipe out the pests. In the end, you can end up spending additional money applying even more dangerous chemicals to your property.

Contact Home Pest Control for a solution. We know pests, and we selectively apply pesticides in hard to reach areas where they’re the most effective. Our expertise allows us to use a minimal amount of chemicals in a methodical manner. We offer safe, effective and environmentally friendly pest control that won’t damage the environment or your home. Home Pest Control is a reliable, trustworthy, and affordable pest control option.

Ready to get your home ready for a pest-free spring and summer? Click here to download our free pest-proofing checklist full of environmentally friendly pest control tips!

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Written By: Home Pest

March 12, 2019


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