Be Proactive Over Reactive
If you see termite wings in your office or a mouse scurry under you kitchen cabinet, you could have a pretty big pest problem. According to Joe Martin of Terminix, Certified Entomologist, “It is always best to prevent a pest control problem over having to fix one.” Prevention is a lot cheaper than the removal of pests. In some cases, like a termite infestation, walls must be removed and wood replaced to repair the damage done by the termites. The best way to avoid these Pest Control Mistakes is to prepare for them.
Check All Seals
It is important to check the seals and screens around windows and doors throughout the house. If these seals are worn down or non existent, they can be an open door (or window) for uninvited pests. Bugs and insects can get through some tight spaces, so the best way to keep them out is to make it harder for them to get in to the home.
Food glorious food. The biggest Pest Control Mistakes center around food. Pests love kitchens because most humans leave lots of great treats out for them to feast on. Plus, pests love pets because they get the leftover food and treats left out all night long. Take away these tempting treats by picking up dog food and wiping down counters. Also, try to dispose of trash in a timely manner and run the garbage disposal often.
Pests are best left outside; however, you do not want them to get too comfy close to your home. Overgrown bushes and plants that are close to your home, can become great homes for pests. Once the pests outgrow the bushes, they may move into your home, especially if you have food and water for them. Firewood should always be kept far away from your home. (See this ARTICLE for more information).
Try to remove all stagnant or other standing water around your home. Check old flower pots and anything else that can become a breeding ground for Mosquitoes. Water is extremely important to all pests. If you watch out for standing water and dripping faucets, you can avoid the most common Pest Control Mistakes.
It is important to use the right tool for the job, especially when it comes to pesticides. Do your homework first if you are going to try to get rid of your pests. If you do not feel comfortable selecting the right pesticide, leave it up to the experts at Terminix to do the dirty work.
Pest Change As The Seasons Change
Pests enjoy the changes in the seasons just as much as humans. There are spring bugs and summer pests, fall surprises and winter guests.
Know Your Pests
New Orleans has very unique pests. We even have roaches that fly. If you are new to the area, it is important to know your pests. You will need to prepare to combat the pests before they become a problem. But, if you don’t even what to bother, just call Terminix, we know our pests.