When unwanted guests decide to move into your home or commercial building totally unannounced, it can be more than just annoying. Pesky termites can cause thousands of dollars in damages to buildings and bed bugs or bees can be threats to your health and well-being. Whether you’re sick of seeing ants everywhere you look, or worried your building’s roach problem has gotten out of control, the bottom line is this- you deserve a pest-free, worry-free life. While there are multiple do-it-yourself pest control methods out there, some work better than others.
What You Should Do
Prevention is key
First thing is first, the best way to avoid an infestation of any kind, is to prevent it before it happens. This means keeping a clean and tidy home as well as following some simple steps to make it difficult for critters to even enter your home or building. In the kitchen, rinse all food and drink containers before putting them in your recycling bin- be sure your recycling bin has a lid on it. Keep all surfaces free of substances that could attract bugs or insects by wiping down surfaces daily. Clean your drains frequently by pouring ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ of vinegar, followed by a gallon of boiling water to clear everything out. Outside your home, clear any branches from adjacent trees that are touching your building- these are basically open invitations or easy pathways for ants and other crawling insects to come from the outdoors onto and into your home. Treat your home pets monthly for flea prevention- even if they are indoor animals, fleas can travel from pets to humans to pets easily.
For those bugs you can’t see, like termites, routine home inspections from your local pest control services company is a great way to keep your life pest-free.
Do your research
Each pest removal technique requires different products and methods depending on the type of insect, bug, or rodent you want to get rid of. Whether you’re in need of ant control, bed bug control, termite control, crawling insects, mice, or other insects, make sure that the product you purchase is specifically made for that particular pest and that it is safe for you to use and doesn’t require an expert from professional pest control services.
Most products can be purchased online or in your local home-improvement store. You’ll want to do your research and read reviews from fellow users on what works well when it comes to your basic sprays and powders. Do your homework and research those who claim to be “professional” grade traps, baits, sprays, insecticide, rodenticides, and other supplies needed to assist you in your DIY pest control endeavor. Understand that using these products without professional supervision can be dangerous and toxic. Use gloves and face masks to avoid harming yourself and make sure your family and pets are out of your house for a few hours before they come back after you’ve used any spray treatments inside.
If the pre-mixed products available in-store or online aren’t something you want to mess with, you can try a number of safer, home-made methods depending on the critter you’re trying to kill or keep out.
A common favorite amongst home-owners that also doubles as a cleaning product is a vinegar and water mixture. 1 parts vinegar and one parts water, spraying this mixture in cracks, openings, around doors and windows can deter spiders, fleas, and other insects from entering. For fruit flies, fill a jar 2 inches with apple cider vinegar and cover with plastic wrap. Poke a few holes with a safety pin in the top to trap and kill the fruit flies.
Essential oils are also a favorite for control of a variety of different insects and bugs. Mixing about a cup of vodka with 2 teaspoons or so of various oils has worked for small pest problems ranging from mosquitos, to fleas, to roaches. Lavender has been know to work for ticks and fleas, peppermint for spiders and ants, lemon and eucalyptus for mosquitos, lemongrass for flies, gnats, and fleas. Just keep in mind that overuse of some essential oils can be toxic for pets and can cause chemical burns for some people depending on their sensitivity to these oils. Be safe and use caution when trying this method.
What You Shouldn’t Do
As mentioned before, each pest requires different products. When you decide you want to go your own way and take things into your own hands, avoid having too high of expectations. Most of the time, even using the strongest chemicals you purchased online with the beset “guarantee” will eventually fail you. The pests do come back, especially if you have not properly covered every inch of your home- and we mean every inch. Fleas, for example, have long life cycles. Some products will key living fleas and flea larvae, but even if a couple of eggs are left behind, they can lay dormant for months at a time, only to return the next time your town experiences a heat wave and the chemicals you’ve sprayed have worn off.
More is not better. Avoid excessive use of these toxic chemicals and never use more than directed. The health risks that come with some products are not worth the reward of maybe killing a few ants, especially if you’ve sprayed in your kitchen a dozen times, but aren’t really taking care of the problem at the source.
Don’t live in pain, fear, or stress for longer than you should. At some point, you will feel like you’re in a war that cannot be won. Don’t punish yourself or your family wasting money and time on toxic chemicals that aren’t giving you any relief from your pest problem. Don’t ignore the signs of termite presence or carpenter bees; insects that cause thousands of dollars in damages every year.
Know when to call in the professionals
It’s important to remember that even the best at home pest control tricks may not work for extreme situations in which you may need to call in professional exterminator services. The question is when to hire an exterminator. The answer will vary from person to person, but overall, as soon as you feel uncomfortable or unsure of your homes safety, call an expert. Don’t feel defeated if the months and months of at-home flea traps and essential oil sprays hasn’t made a dent in your problem. Let the professional exterminator services of Titan Pest Control end your insect-war and take back your home once and for all.