Pest extermination or pest control is something you should seriously consider the moment you discover any kind of damage that has been caused by pest infestation. The thing about pests is that they never stop causing damage. They’re not exactly something you can reason with and you can’t even “scare” some of them away. Prevention is always the best cure and pest infestation is no exception. However, when prevention is no longer an option then the next best thing to do is to hire a professional pest control service.
Now, there may be various reasons that could prevent you from hiring a pest control specialists to exterminate pests in your property. Whatever that reason may be, there are a few DIY measures you can take to get rid of pests in your home. Some of them will be discussed below but just keep in mind that they can only be effective for a time.
Know what you’re up against. This is extremely important as using the wrong type of pesticide simply because you misidentified the threat can backfire on you. Sometimes, this kind of mistake can even cause them to propagate even more!
How much pest can you tolerate? If you have any reason to believe that your problem with infestation is temporary then maybe you should just wait it out.
Find out as much as you can about them. Study their biological process and lifestyle. Know what their food sources and travel patterns are. Such information can help you come up with natural ways to exterminate them.
However, it is important to keep in mind that pest infestations can cause havoc on a home and exterminating them would be the best way to deal with the situation. They can cause diseases or damage your plants and food storage and so, eliminating would be a good idea. You will need to identify the type of pests you have in your home. Rats and mice usually leave the same type of tell-tale signs such as holes in food packets and droppings around the house while holes in wooden furniture or wooden structures are usually a sign of termites.
Once you have identified the type of pests you have in your home, the next step is to come up with a plan to exterminate them. Depending on the level of infestation, you can decide to take care of the situation yourself through DIY pesticides or you can call in a professional exterminator.
If it is the early days of infestation and they have not yet multiplied to vast proportions, you can go to your local hardware store and get chemicals or tools to help you eradicate the pests in your home. The store assistants should be able to provide you with the best products to eliminate the type of pest you have in your home. They should also be able to give you information on how best to use the pesticides for effective long term eradication.
Be mindful of your method’s effect on the environment. Some types of pesticides can be so harmful to the environment that they would eventually directly affect the quality and growth of your own crops. Other times, your choice of pesticide can drive current pests away but invite new ones.
Take the time to read its label and instructions. This is especially important if you are determined to use a chemical pesticide. Such products are typically toxic in nature and you need to minimize unwarranted exposure to them.
If you are unsure of your ability to keep yourself safe when performing pest control on your own, then whatever amount you can save with such DIY methods won’t be worth it! Understand that overexposure and improper use of pesticides can greatly harm your health. Bearing that in mind, do you really think DIY pest control is a risk worth taking?
In such a case, calling in professional exterminators would be the next best thing. They will have with them the right types of pesticides to deal with the situation effectively and will know how to protect themselves and your environment from the pesticide chemicals. They will also be able to give you advice on how to prevent them from returning to your home and keep them out.